Taiwan (China) RoHS came into force on December 1, 2016 with different effective dates for different E&E product groups.

SAFEGUARDS | Electrical and Electronics NO. 046/18

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Taiwan (China) RoHS came into force on December 1, 2016, with different effective dates for different EE product groups. Companies selling EE products need to confirm whether their products fall within the scope of Taiwan (China) RoHS before entering theTaiwan (China) market.

Since the EU published its RoHS, more and more countries have established their own RoHS – Taiwan (China) is one of them. CNS 15663, also known as Taiwan (China) RoHS, was published on July 30, 2013. BSMI (Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection, M.O.E.A., R.O.C.) has adopted it as one of the required inspection standards for E&E products, both imported and domestic, with effect from December 1, 2016.

Categories of EE equipment covered by CNS [1] 15663 (Annex B)

B.1 Large household appliances

B.2 Small household appliances

B.3 IT and telecommunication equipment

B.4 Consumer equipment

B.5 Lighting equipment (including electric light bulbs and household luminaires)

B.6 Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale stationary industrial tools)

B.7 Toys, leisure and sports equipment

B.8 Automatic dispensers

B.9 Other equipment (equipment covered by CNS 3765, CNS 14408 and CNS 14336-1)

In fact, not all the EE equipment described above needs to comply with Taiwan (China) RoHS, or has the same effective date. BSMI has announced that EE products which are within scope are separated into various groups and the requirements will become effective on different dates. The applicant (may be a domestic manufacturer or importer, but must be located in Taiwan(China) may use the C.C.C. code that is similar to C.N. or H.S. code for checking whether products are in scope. If there is any doubt, the applicant can consult with BSMI.    

To comply with Taiwan (China) RoHS, applicants must test their E&E products in order to identify and quantify the percentage content of any restricted substances and prepare the following documents for BSMI:

  • Restricted substances and thresholds of Taiwan (China) RoHS:

    • Six restricted substances:
      Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Chromium VI (Cr+6), PBB, and PBDE

    • Thresholds:
      0.1wt % in the homogeneous material, except for Cd that is 0.01wt%

  • Label products with details of the presence of any restricted substances, using the restricted substances presence table

Unlike EU RoHS, which prohibits EE products which contain hazardous substances from being placed on the market, Taiwan (China) allows products onto the market even if their restricted substances content is beyond the thresholds. However, the applicant must produce the ‘table of presence condition of restricted substances’ (see image) and add the table to the body, packaging, stickers, or instruction booklets of affected E&E products.

The table [2] is an example of the ‘table of presence condition of restricted substances’ for Taiwan (China) RoHS.

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  • BSMI Commodity Inspection Mark [3]

Under the Commodity Inspection Act, BSMI added Taiwan (China) RoHS as a compliance requirement for legal inspected EE products. There are three mandatory conformity assessment schemes for affected EE products, and the selection of the assessment schemes is based on BSMI’s announcements.

For products that have passed the mandatory conformity assessment scheme, a BSMI Commodity Inspection Mark (see example) needs to be put on products in a prominent location. 

“RoHS” indicates that the restricted substance(s) content, other than exemptions stated in CNS 15663, does not exceed the thresholds.

“RoHS(XX,XX)” indicates that the restricted substance(s) content, other than exemptions stated in CNS 15663, exceeds the reference percentage value of presence condition. Restricted substances: Pb, Cd, Hg, Cr+6, PBB, and PBDE.

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  • Declaration Letter [4]

A declaration letter has to be signed and stamped by the applicant to guarantee that the content of the table of presence of restricted substances on affected products are correct, and are based on test reports or appropriate quality management measures.

If the affected product is falls within the RPC or TABI scheme, the letter must be submitted to BSMI. In addition, this letter also means the applicant agrees to future reviews by providing test reports within 28 working days of the implementation of post-market management.

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Next step:

Effective date
Legal Inspection of Products
December 1, 2016
  • Water dispensers [5]
July 1, 2017
  • Automatic data processing machines, printing or copying machines, televisions, monitors and monitors used in an automatic data processing [6]
  • Network media players and projectors [7]
January 1, 2018
  • Self-ballasted fluorescent lamps [8]
  • Plugs and socket-outlets, adapters, cord sets and other related products [9]
  • Radio keyboard, image scanners and other electrical and electronic products (92 items) [10]
  • Electrical and mechanical products (include: motors and others (32 items) [11], electric blankets and others (63 items) [12], drinking water supplier) [13]
  • Static converters, power supplier, battery charger and other products (7 items) [14]
  • Fluorescent lamps and related electronic ballasts [15]
  • Newly included products of printing or copying machines [16]
July 1, 2018
  • Air conditioners, self-ballasted LED lamps and other products (8 items) [17]

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