China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued a draft catalog of electrical and electronic products that will be covered in the China RoHS 2 law. The draft was issued on June 29, and comments can be submitted until July 28.
The product types in scope of the draft catalog include:
- Air conditioners
- Electric water heaters
- Fax machines
- Mobile communication devices
- Washing machines
The substances in the scope of the China RoHS 2 draft catalog are:
- Cadmium (Cd)
- Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
- Lead (Pb)
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
- Mercury (Hg)
The relevant threshold levels for these substances are set out in national standard GB/T 26572 2011. As with RoHS 2 in the European Union (EU) China’s draft catalog lists 39 usage exemptions for cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead and mercury.
If you’re in scope of China RoHS, you’re likely in scope of EU RoHS, too. Find out with our EU RoHS Scoping Guide.
The European Union’s RoHS 2 law includes the same six substances as its Chinese counterpart, yet has additional substances including bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP).
The earlier China RoHS 1 proposal was circulated for consultation in 2009, but was never officially published. China RoHS 2 is set to expand the scope of RoHS 1 significantly, meaning companies doing business in China will need to properly survey their supply chains to determine whether any in-scope substances are in usage in quantities over the posted threshold levels.
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