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ELECTRONIC PRODUCT ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE - ACCESS TO MARKETS

What environmental compliance obligations apply to my products being exported? This is the question many manufacturers, importers, distributors, or traders wonder. Whether you want to export your products worldwide or you target some specific markets, some environmental requirements are likely to apply. Here is a non-exhaustive table listing important product environmental requirements in major markets, followed by a map on RoHS regulations, with the main focus on regulations for electrical and electronic equipment:

Product Environmental Requirements Export

RoHS Regulations

RoHS-Like Regulations Worldwide
RoHS-Like Regulations Worldwide

Main Regulations Applicable to the Electronics

MarketRequirementScopeExclusionsControlled Substances
ChinaRoHSMost electrical and electronic equipment: B2C and B2BAerospace, military, automotive equipment, batteries, packaging, and othersCd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
European Union Countries and the UK Automotive vehiclesMotor tricycles and othersCd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb
ELV
 
ErPElectronic displays, external power supplies, electric motors, light sources, welding equipment, power transformers, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machinesThe majority of other electronic productsMainly energy efficiency and recycling targets
Persistent Organic Pollutants POPMost products: B2C and B2BSome excluded applicationsDozens of halogenated compounds: brominated or chlorinated
REACH SVHC (article 33) and Annex XVII listsMost products: B2C and B2B, including substances, mixtures, and articlesDrugs, food, petroleum, nuclear, and other productsHundreds of SVHCs. Additional Substances of very high concern (SVHC) every 6 months
RoHS (including UK RoHS) and WEEEMost electrical and electronic equipment: B2C and B2BAerospace, military, automotive equipment, batteries, packaging, and othersBBP, Cd, Cr6+, DBP, DIBP, DEHP, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
United StatesConflict MineralsPublic US companies under the ‘Securities and Exchange Commission’ reporting obligationsNo de minimisTin, Tantalum Tungsten and Gold (3TGs)
TSCA BPTMost articles. Some exemptions apply.Depending on the regulated PBTPIP (3:1), DecaBDE, PCTP, 2,4,6-TTBP, and HCBD
Proposition 65Most products: B2C and B2B, including substances, mixtures, and articles, introduced into the Californian marketVery fewHundreds
RoHSElectrical and electronic equipment: B2C and B2B, mainly in California and New JerseyVarious B2C productsCd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
Eurasian Economic Union: Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, KyrgyzstanRoHSElectrical and electronic equipment: most B2C products (appliances for the household) and some B2B products (servers, vending machines, etc.)Toys, automotive, measurement instruments, medical devices, and others.Cd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
JapanJ-MOSSAir Conditioning units, dryers, microwave ovens, PCs, refrigerators, televisions, washing machinesMost other B2C and B2B electrical and electronic equipmentCd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
IndiaRoHS and WEEEIT and telecommunications, with exclusions, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions

Small-sized companies exempted

Military and others

Cd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
KoreaRoHS, End of Live Vehicle ELV and WEEEMost B2C electrical, electronic, and automotive equipmentMost B2B products and other exclusionsCd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
TaiwanRoHSMost electrical and electronic equipment: B2C and B2BAerospace, military, automotive equipment, batteries, packaging, and othersCd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
TurkeyRoHSMost electrical and electronic equipment: B2C and B2BMilitary equipmentCd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
UkraineRoHSMost electrical and electronic equipment: B2C and B2BAerospace, military, automotive equipment, batteries, packaging, and othersBBP, Cd, Cr6+, DBP, DIBP, DEHP, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
United Arab EmiratesRoHSMost electrical and electronic equipment: B2C and B2BAerospace, military, automotive equipment, batteries, packaging, and othersBBP, Cd, Cr6+, DBP, DIBP, DEHP, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
SingaporeRoHSPersonal computers, televisions (flat screens), cellular phones, air conditioning units, washing machines, refrigeratorsMost other electrical and electronic equipment Cd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
VietnamRoHSAudio video, automatic dispensers, tools, information and communications technology, small and large household appliances, lighting, sport equipment, toysMost other electrical and electronic equipmentCd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs
ThailandRoHS (standard)Most electrical and electronic equipment: B2C and B2BVoluntary approach, not bindingCd, Cr6+, Hg, Pb, PBBs, PBDEs

These map and table are simplified summaries of the current applicable requirements. They are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Additional obligations, such as REACH requirements for chemicals and mixtures, may be relevant to your products. Other Enviropass’ limitations apply.

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