Ensure Your Products Comply With the Latest China RoHS 2

On 21 Jan 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has published a revised version of the Administrative Measures for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products, also known as “China RoHS 2.”

This will impact companies that manufacture, import or distribute electrical and electronic products in China. It’s important to note the changes to the revised version to understand the regulatory requirements.

New Changes to China RoHS 2

Recently, China published changes to RoHS, which take effect beginning March 15, 2019. The changes require that standalone products listed in their catalog not have hazardous substances in excess of the maximum concentration levels. Products containing excessive levels of hazardous substances cannot be sold in China after that date.

The catalog has 12 categories of electrical and electronic products, including refrigerators, washing machines, photocopiers, microcomputers, and telephones.

China RoHS 2 Marking

It’s important to note the new regulations require all electronic and electrical products sold in China be marked with one of two logos, depending on whether they contain hazardous substances above the official concentration limits.

ROHS symbols

A green symbol with an “e” in it indicates the product does not have any hazardous substances in excess of the concentration limits. It also indicates that the product can be recycled because it is made with environmentally friendly substances.

An orange symbol with a number in it indicates the product has some hazardous substances, but can be used safely during the period indicated by the number in the center - its environmental protection use period (in years). After that period of time, the product should be recycled.

If a product contains hazardous materials in excess of the concentration limits, the manufacturer must determine and mark the environmental protection use period (in years). The manufacturer must also include the product’s manufacturing date and the list of hazardous substances it contains.

Hazardous substances include cadmium, lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

Importantly, suppliers of parts for electronic and electrical items do not need to mark the parts, but should notify the manufacturer of any potential hazardous substances in the parts they supply. Distributors should always double-check to make sure their products are compliant.

China RoHS 2 vs. EU RoHS 2

These two regulations differ from one another in several key areas.

  • China RoHS 2 restricts 6 substances
  • China RoHS 2 requires that electronic and electrical products be marked with one of two logos.
  • The environmental protection period must be marked along with a list of hazardous materials placed in the product instructions.
  • The EU restricts the same 6 substances but adds an additional 4 phthalates.
  • The EU requires a CE mark and WEEE mark on electronic and electrical products.

Many products that are acceptable in the EU are not acceptable in China, as China doesn’t have the same exemptions as the EU. Products brought into China must have their hazardous substances explained in the product instructions.

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Because the changes to RoHS 2 are critical for manufacturers, it’s important to take note of these changes and follow the guidelines carefully. The new regulations take effect March 2019, and you must be compliant by that date, or face steep penalties and lost revenues. QIMA is a trusted partner that can help you ensure your compliance with RohS 2 before the deadline and stay compliant in the future.

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