The Vietnam RoHS details substance restrictions for which retailers, suppliers, producers, and manufacturers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) must comply in order to engage in the Vietnamese market. Not all business-to-business (B2B), and business-to-consumer (B2C) products are within the scope. See the table below for a detailed list of applicable EEE.
The Vietnam RoHS regulation, Circular 30/2011/TT-BCT, came into effect as of December 1st, 2012.
Electronics Manufacturers Within Scope
Targeted Categories of EEE
Annex I of the EU RoHS lists the 11 different categories of EEE that the Directive covers. The categories covered by the Vietnamese RoHS are these same categories referenced 1 to 7, and 10. Categories 8 and 9 are not applicable under the Circular. The following are the categories to which the Vietnam RoHS applies.
|1||Large household appliances||Refrigerators, freezers, dryers, washers, stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners, etc.|
|2||Small household appliances||Vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, hairdryers, toasters, coffee makers, clocks, irons, etc.|
|3||IT and telecommunications equipment||Minicomputers, copiers, personal computers, printers, satellite TV, cellular phones, antennas, cell tower equipment, etc.|
|4||Consumer equipment||Radios, stereos, TVs, video cameras, DVD players, audio amps, etc.|
|5||Lighting equipment||Fluorescent lamps, lighting fixtures, halogen lamps, lightbulbs, high-/low-pressure sodium lamps, etc.|
|6||Electrical and electronic tools||Electric drills, nail guns, power saws, sprayers, milling machines, lathes, lawnmowers, blowers, etc.|
|7||Toys, leisure, and sports equipment||Toy electric trains, treadmills, car racing sets, videogames, talking dolls, slot machines, etc.|
|10||Automatic dispensers||Hot drink vending machines, vending machines, ATMs (automated teller machines), etc.|
Integrating the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU
The objective of the EU RoHS (Directive 2011/65/EU) is to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in EEE. European directives such as this one are binding to the member states of the European Union. However, it is not uncommon for other countries to integrate EU directives into their own legislation. Vietnam is one of these countries that has adopted part of the EU RoHS Directive into their jurisdiction. This law is known as Circular 30/2011/TT-BCT.
Differences Between the European and Vietnamese RoHS
The specifics of the EU RoHS Directive can be found on our Europe RoHS Compliance page.
The Vietnamese RoHS follows in part the limitations of this directive. Only 6 of the 10 EU RoHS restricted substances are regulated in Vietnam. Namely: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
|Substance Name||EU RoHS||Vietnam RoHS||Concentration Limit|
|Lead (Pb) and lead compounds||X||X||< 0.1% or 1000 ppm*|
|Cadmium (Cd) and cadmium compounds||X||X||< 0.01% or 100 ppm|
|Mercury (Me) and mercury compounds||X||X||< 0.1% or 1000 ppm|
|Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+) and hexavalent chromium compounds||X||X||< 0.1% or 1000 ppm|
|Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)||X||X||< 0.1% or 1000 ppm|
|Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)||X||X||< 0.1% or 1000 ppm|
|Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) – CAS # 85-68-7||X||Unregulated||< 0.1% or 1000 ppm|
|Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) – CAS # 84-74-2||X||Unregulated||< 0.1% or 1000 ppm|
|Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) – CAS # 117-81-7||X||Unregulated||< 0.1% or 1000 ppm|
|Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) – CAS # 84-69-5||X||Unregulated||< 0.1% or 1000 ppm|
*ppm: parts per million
Vietnam RoHS: Responsibilities of Manufacturers or Importers
Similar to the EU RoHS, conformity is a self-declaration process. That is, once a product complies with the Circular 30/2011/TT-BCT regarding allowable limits of toxic substances, the information must be disclosed by the manufacturer. Self-declaration can be in one of the following forms:
- On the website of the manufacturer/importer
- In instruction documents (ex. manuals, instruction sheets)
- Stored in electronic media (ex. CDs)
- Directly written on the product or packaging