Draft China RoHS Catalog Released

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released a draft of the first batch of the China RoHS Catalog. The China RoHS catalog lists electronic information products (EIP) that are subject to substance restrictions put forth in the Chinese Concentration Limits standard. The first batch of EIPs identified in the draft catalogue are mobile user terminals, telephones, and printing equipment connected to computers. The restricted substances are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls, and polybrominated diphenylethers. Also, despite China’s previous intention to have no exemptions, the draft catalog includes several exemptions that mirror the European Union’s exemptions under EU RoHS. The draft catalog will be subject to a one-month comment period once it is put up on MIIT’s website. It is yet to be determined when the one-month comment period will begin. MIIT is also working to finalize certification measures under the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) mark. The CCC mark is likely to be used as a model for mandatory pre-market certification of EIP identified in the China RoHS Catalog. This certification may require in-country laboratory analysis to verify compliance with the substance restrictions. Once the China RoHS Catalog is promulgated, or officially adopted, there will be a ten month lag time before it is implemented. If the MIIT remains on track, China RoHS could be implemented as early as the beginning of 2011. The draft catalog is currently not available in English.

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