EU RoHS AND UPCOMING LEGISLATIONAuthor: Nikki Johnson
Company: Total Parts Plus Inc.
Date Published: 10/11/2007 Conference: SMTA International
In addition to EU RoHS, the Administrative Measure on the Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products in China went into effect on March 1, 2007 with the initial requirement of product labeling. Referred to as “China RoHS,” this legislation restricts the same six substances as EU RoHS in addition to substances that can be added in the future at the discretion of the Chinese government. China RoHS requires the presence of any of the six restricted substances to be reported for all electrical and electronic equipment sold in China. The labeling requirement will be followed by substance restrictions similar to those established by the EU. The substance restrictions will be provided in a Catalogue that has yet to be released. Korea also issued its RoHS-like legislation entitled “The Act for Resource Recycling of Electrical/Electronic Products and Automobiles” to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on March 30, 2006. The restrictions of materials and enforcement dates have yet to be defined. It is expected that many other countries will follow suit in the near future and pass environmental legislation restricting the presence of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).
Key words: homogeneous material, maximum concentration value, materials declaration
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