China Releases List of Hazardous Substances in Electronic Equipment

 On March 15th 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issues “The Standard Management Catalogue of Limiting the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) (first batch)” and “the Exemption List to the Use of Restricted Substances in the Standard Management Catalogue”. These two standards shall come into force one year after the date of announcement.

“The Standard Management Catalogue of Limiting the Use of Hazardous Substances in EEE” describes the definition of scope and application of twelve products: Refrigerators, Televisions, washing machines, air conditioners, water heaters, printers, photocopiers, fax machines, monitors, microcomputers, mobile handsets and telephone handsets.

The content of Lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in those products shall be in accordance with the limit standards of the use of hazardous substances in EEE. Meanwhile, the product should be included in the Conformity Assessment System of Limiting of the Use of Hazardous Substances in EEE.

The products listed in “the Exemption List to the Use of Restricted Substances in the Standard Management Catalogue” should fulfill obligations in accordance with the special restrictions indicated in the exemption list.