"China's RoHS" Arrives

Manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment will continue to face additional environmental restrictions—in South Korea, the European Union and elsewhere—as 2007 progresses. But one of the most significant sets of “green” regulations this year is the first phase of China’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances, points out Jiwei Ye, vice president, Asia Pacific Operations, for JPMorgan Chase Vastera International Trade Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, in China. Also known as the People’s Republic of China’s “Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products,” the regulation was scheduled to go into effect on March 1.

Specifically, according to Ye, manufacturers that export electronic and electrical products into China are restricted and prohibited from shipping items that contain six toxic and hazardous substances. Though similar to the European RoHS, China’s law takes it up a notch by adding marking requirements, restrictions on packaging and production materials, and testing and certification requirements, says Ye. In addition, the China RoHS covers a larger scope of goods, such as medical products, automotive electronics, radar, large scale manufacturing equipment and certain consumable, such as household appliances, and electronic tools and toys.
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