Restrictions of Hazardous Substances for Electronic Manufacturers Proposed in China

Published Date : May 21, 2015

If your business involves manufacture of electronics or electrical parts, components, or products or you manage or oversee Chinese design or manufacturing suppliers for electronic or electrical products, you are required to observe the regulations “Restriction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS). You need to be aware of the information in these regulations, as they may change in future. 

“Management Methods for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products,” a report was released by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in China on May 18, 2015 and public comment period for this draft ends by June 17, 2015.

These regulations are also known as China RoHs and this is the second edition about requirements for dealing with hazardous substances. 

The content limits are for mercury, hexavalent chromium compounds, cadmium, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, and lead. The report also gives disclosure requirements, and labeling information that involves product environmental protection use periods, part, material, component, material hazardous substance content. 

The information disclosure and labeling regulations of this program have been operational since 2007, March. However, the China RoHs1 had not implemented the requirements for content limits requirements for hazardous substances. 

The draft China RoHS 2 guidelines were made public on May 18 and have several changes outlined for all manufacturers. These changes include labeling and information requisites for devices, the application of hazardous content in electronic and electrical products based on a catalogue, new package standards among others.

The new information disclosure and labeling requirements outlined in the China RoHs2, would be active shortly and it is to be observed if the outline version will be followed in the actual RoH2 to be released later during the year. Electronic and electrical manufacturers should keenly observe the developments for the new regulations.