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China’s Reduction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS)

China’s Reduction of Hazardous Substance (RoHS) regulation applies to products imported into China for sale in China and products manufactured in China and sold in China. However, it excludes products imported into China for re-export or manufacturing of products for export.

On October 9, 2009 the Chinese Government published the first draft catalogue of Electronic Information Products that will be subject to China RoHS substance restrictions. The draft was published for consultation which ended a month later with the restriction coming into force ten months after the adoption of the legislation, unless changes were made.

China is required to alert the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade committee of pending regulatory changes. For on-going updates, please reference the National Institute for Standards and Technology NIST Global Standards Information - China portal, and sign up to receive NIST’s Notifications on Proposed Technical Regulations for China.

For concerns about barriers to trade with China, contact the Department of Commerce’s Office of China at tel. 202-482-5527; jenny.may@trade.gov.

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Unofficial English translations of the Chinese RoHS regulation, standards, and Q&As may be found at the following links. Please note that the Q&As are not legally binding and serve to provide an understanding of how the Chinese government may currently interpret its regulations.

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The "Administrative Measures for Controlling Pollution by Electronic Information Products" may be found at:

GraSp web site (Grace Compliance Specialists): http://www.graspllc.com/China%20RoHS.php

AeA’s RoHS web page at: http://www.aeanet.org/governmentaffairs/gabl_ChinaRoHSpage0905.asp

The Electronic Information Products (EIP) list may be found at:

GraSp web site (Grace Compliance Specialists): http://www.graspllc.com/EIP_EN.php

AeA’s RoHS web page at: http://www.aeanet.org/governmentaffairs/gabl_ChinaRoHSpage0905.asp

The General Q&A may be found at:

GraSp (Grace Compliance Specialists) web site: http://www.graspllc.com/China%20RoHS%20Q&A%20-%20Measure.php

The Standards Q&A may be found at:

GraSp (Grace Compliance Specialists) web site: http://www.graspllc.com/China%20RoHS%20Q&A%20-%20Standards.php

The following Chinese standards may be found at the AeA RoHS web page: http://www.aeanet.org/governmentaffairs/gabl_ChinaRoHSpage0905.asp

  • SJ/T 11363-2006, "Requirements for Concentration Limits for Certain Hazardous Substances in Electronic Information Products"
  • SJ/T 11364-2006, "Marking for Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products"
  • GB 18455-2001, "Packaging Recycling Mark"

The draft standard "General Rule of Environment-Friendly Use Period of Electronic Information Products" may be found at the RoHS-International Ltd. Web site: http://www.rohs-international.com/.

China’s Ministry of Information and Industry

Administration on Control of Pollution by Electronic Information Products

Under this administration, there is a section about the measurement and scope of the RoHS (in Chinese)

http://www.miit.gov.cn/n11293472/n11294912/n11296542/12165064.html

China’s Ministry of Information and Industry
Administrative regulations for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic products (in Chinese)

http://www.miit.gov.cn/n11293472/n11294912/n11296257/12094502.html