Scope of Restriction Expanded For RoHS in China
On 21st January 2016, China’s “Measure in the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Product” (CN RoHS) was published. It will be effective on 1st July 2016, repealing the previous CN RoHS “Measure in the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Product”.
The new version of China RoHS expanded its restriction scope from electronic information product to electrical and electronic (E&E) product. The directive is applicable to E&E products produced in, sold in and imported to China. E&E product is defined as equipment which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields and designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1000 volts for alternating current and 1500 volts for direct current.
Staring from 1st July 2016, manufacturers and importers of E&E products shall ensure that their products bear proper marking according to national E&E product marking standard SJ/T 11364-2014 (Figure 1). Manufacturers and importers are recommended to check hazardous substances content in their E&E products against the national standard requirement GB/T 26572-2011 by the national standard test method GB/T 26125-2011. In the next stage, Chinese authorities will establish a “management directory of product in compliance” and an assessment system for E&E product compliance.
Figure 1 – Markings for E&E products according to national standard SJ/T 11364-2014.
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