1. Since 2019, what are the new requirements for EU RoHS 2.0?
On June 4, 2015, the European Union issued the directive (EU) 2015/863 to amend the RoHS 2.0 Appendix II list of restricted substances, adding four phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, based on the original six restricted substances). DIBP). The new four phthalates have a limit of 0.1%. At this point, the number of restricted substances in Appendix II of RoHS 2.0 has increased to 10.
At the same time, the directive also stipulates that all electrical and electronic products (except medical equipment and monitoring equipment) must meet new requirements from July 22, 2019. Medical equipment and monitoring equipment must meet new requirements from July 22, 2021.
2. What is the status of EU member states' recent enforcement of RoHS regulations?
Since 2015, EU member states have continuously strengthened the inspection of RoHS compliance for electrical and electronic products in market enforcement activities. From the end of 2018 to the beginning of 2019, the EU Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Consumer Products (RAPEX) has been continuously reporting cases of RoHS violations involving different types of electronic products such as communications, lighting, electronic accessories, electric toys, most of which are from Swedish law enforcement agencies. . Frequent violations indicate that the EU may strengthen the RoHS compliance check in this year's market enforcement. It is recommended that enterprises strengthen quality control to ensure that products comply with EU RoHS requirements.
3. Will EU RoHS restricted substances increase?
Since 2018, the EU RoHS Consultation has initiated two public consultations on the revision of the Schedule II Amendment Substances Review of the RoHS Directive. These public consultations focus on seven priority substances, including antimony trioxide and tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBP-A). Indium phosphide (InP), medium chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCPs), bismuth and its compounds, nickel sulfate and nickel sulfamate, cobalt dichloride and cobalt sulfate.
The consultation and evaluation report is expected to be released in June 2019. The work plan will eventually determine the use of substances in electrical and electronic products (EEE) and develop a list of priority substances. The substances in the list may be considered by the EU for inclusion in the list of RoHS restricted substances. .
4. Is there any new exemption update for EU RoHS this year?
On May 18, 2018, the European Commission issued a series of directives to update the seven exemptions of Appendix II of the RoHS 2.0 Directive (Articles 6(a), 6(a)-I, 6(b), 6(b)-I, 6(b)-II, 6(c), 7(a), 7(c)-I, 24, 34), involving the use of lead in a variety of materials, including in high temperature fusible materials, glass and ceramics Applications, as well as alloying elements in steel, aluminum, copper and other applications. According to the requirements of the European Commission, these updated exemptions will be officially implemented on July 1, 2019.
5. When did the United Arab Emirates (UAE) RoHS officially control four phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP)?
UAE RoHS divides products into 4 groups:
A) Classes 8 and 9 (medical equipment, in vitro diagnostic medical equipment, monitoring equipment and industrial monitoring equipment);
B) wires and fittings for Group A products;
C) All equipment, wires and cables other than Classes 8 and 9 and parts used for EEE repair, reuse, upgrade, except for Class 11 products;
D) Class 11 (other electrical and electronic products).
Different management and control time is specified for different groups. The control time of Group A and Group B is from January 1, 2022, and the control time of Groups C and D is from January 1, 2020.
6. When is China's RoHS compliance management catalog officially implemented?
On March 12, 2018, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China promulgated the Catalogue of Management of Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products (First Batch), which is required to be implemented one year after the date of announcement.
Therefore, since March 12, 2019, the content of harmful substances in the products included in the catalogue shall comply with the relevant standards for restrictions on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products, and shall be included in the scope of management of the conformity assessment system for the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products.
7. What products are included in the China RoHS compliance catalogue (first batch)? Are there any exceptions to the limit requirements?
The standard management catalogue (first batch) contains 12 types of products: refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines, electric water heaters, printers, copiers, fax machines, televisions, monitors, microcomputers, mobile communication handsets, and telephone singles.
The content of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in the above products should meet the relevant limit requirements. Taking into account the current technical level, for the products in the catalog, the “Application Exception List for Restricted Substances in Compliance Management Catalogue” has also been formulated, and the application listed in the list may not be implemented according to the requirements of harmful substances.
8. What is the difference between China RoHS and EU RoHS for the test method for hexavalent chromium in metal coatings?
The EU RoHS testing method has been continuously updated. The current testing standard for hexavalent chromium content in metal coatings has been updated to IEC 62321-7-1:2015, which replaces the metal plating in the old IEC 62321:2008 Annex B standard. Test content of hexavalent chromium content. The point test was cancelled in the new standard, and the qualitative description of the test results with "positive/negative" was cancelled, and the quantitative results were presented in test data in μg/cm2. The Chinese RoHS testing method is currently referenced to GB/T 26125-2011, which is equivalent to the IEC 62321:2008 standard.
9. What are the product scope and control projects of the current RoHS control in Korea?
On January 1, 2008, South Korea's "Electrical and Electrical Products and Automotive Products Resource Recovery Law" came into effect. For the requirements of the RoHS part, the original electronic and electrical category only controlled TV sets, refrigerators, air conditioners, personal computers (including monitors and keyboards). ), printers, copiers and other 10 products. Since then, the Korean government has issued revised information to increase the number of products in the list of electronic and electrical products that restrict the use of hazardous substances (Appendix I) to 26 categories, including microwave ovens, air purifiers, humidifiers and other products.
10. Has the Korean RoHS regulations been updated recently?
The Korean Ministry of the Environment recently proposed to expand the product range and control projects of the control. South Korea intends to increase the scope of control of electronic and electrical products that restrict the use of hazardous substances to 49 categories, and plans to add 23 models including vending machines, dehumidifiers, toasters, electric kettles, electric water heaters, electric pans and hair dryers. product.
At the same time, based on the original six restricted substances, it is proposed to increase the control of four phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, DIBP). The proposal pointed out that the effective date of the benzene restriction requirement is scheduled to be July 22, 2019, and the effective date of the new product is scheduled to be January 1, 2020.