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EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU, REACH Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 and package directive 94/62/EC are some of the European Union’s mandatory requirements on hazardous substances

All electronic products and their packaging destined to the European Union are required to meet the corresponding requirements. EU Member States pays great attention to the problem of excessive harmful materials in their products and constantly looks to strengthen their market enforcement and supervision.

Among EU member States, Sweden is one of the member states who has frequently carried out law enforcement activities on products sold in its markets and had imposed penalties on producers and importers for offending products.  Sweden also pays a very high level of attention to electrical and electronic products. At the end of November 2018, the Swedish Chemicals Authority (KEMI) issued a law enforcement report on Christmas lighting and electronic personal care products, covering the EU environmental requirements such as RoHS, REACH and POPs. The main contents of which are summarized as follows:

  • The enforcement on 120 products, including 96 Christmas lighting products, 24 electronic personal care products with excessive substances including lead, cadmium, short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCP) and specific flame retardants;
  • Lead and SCCPs (SCCP) in wire and plastic components, and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) is also detected;
  • 6 Christmas lighting products with more than 0.1% of substances listed in the SVHC candidate list
  • The Swedish Chemicals Authority (KEMI), in accordance with the provisions of the law, taking relevant measures against non-compliant products and related enterprises, including the termination of sales, administrative penalties and the notification to the RAPEX system and the market supervision information and communication system (ICSMS);
  • In addition to the limit requirements for hazardous substances, law enforcement also reviewed the marking compliance of products and found that some products have non-compliant scenarios, such as lack of CE marking.

 

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