China Announces RoHS 2 Conformity Assessment System
On October 17, 2019, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released the China RoHS 2 Conformity Assessment System. The online platform will enable companies that produce electronics and electrical components and sell in Chinese marketplaces to upload information regarding RoHS restricted substances in their products. While the voluntary guidelines do not come into force until March 1, 2020, the first reporting period deadline is November 1, 2019.
Two Types of RoHS Due Diligence
1. Self Declaration
2. Third-Party Certification
"The third-party certification route is a better demonstration of RoHS compliance and many customers prefer that to self-declaration. But self-declaration is much quicker when it comes to meeting the deadline." - Chemical Watch
Companies can elect to run their own due diligence programs and self-report their product(s) compliance status on the China RoHS Conformity Assessment System. Companies who have previously run due diligence programs for the EU RoHS 3 regulation may find some of their EU RoHS 3 supplier data useful as many of the same chemicals apply.
The other option is to use a third-party certification body. According to Chemical Watch, there are an estimated 20 labs that have been approved by the Certification Accreditation Administration who can serve as third-party certification bodies for China RoHS 2.
RoHS 2 Compliance Violations
According to the Chinese State Administration of Market Regulation, the violations that occur in the voluntary certification by the State and self-declaration activities shall be punished according to laws and regulations, and the administrative punishment information of the enterprises shall be publicized to the public through the national enterprise credit information publicity system and public service platform.
About China RoHS 2
Within the electronics and electrical components industries, the products of focus that must meet substance restrictions or be compliant by exemption will include:
- Home products
- Air conditioners
- Electric water heaters
- Washers and dryers
- WiFi and network connection utilities
- Communication devices
- Fax machines
- Mobile phones
China RoHS 2 Restricted Substances
China RoHS 2 will reinforce thresholds levels for the following chemicals:
- Cadmium (Cd)
- Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
- Lead (Pb)
- Mercury (Hg)
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
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