Source: CHEAA-run China Appliance


A compliance management catalogue (first batch) and a list of exempted applications of restricted hazardous substances of China RoHS 2.0 were announced by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China on March 12, 2018. According to the announcement, the catalogue, which is due to take effect starting March 12 2019, covers 12 home appliances within 5 categories including refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines, water heaters and TVs.

Five categories of home appliances listed

The Management Methods for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products (hereinafter referred to as the Methods), called as China RoHS by industry insiders, was jointly issued by MIIT, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Science and Technology (MST), Ministry of Finance (MF), Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), Ministry of Commerce (MC), General Administration of Customs (GAC) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) on January 6th 2016, with the effective date of July 1, 2016.

Listed products in the catalogue shall meet the requirements for restricted use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products (EEPs) including lead and its compounds, mercury and its compounds, cadmium and its compounds, hexavalent chromium compounds, PBB, PBDE and other harmful substances as regulated by the State, and shall be managed in accordance with the conformity assessment system for restricted use of hazardous substances in EEPs. The exempted applications do not need to follow the current restrictions.

Listed products shall comply with the requirements of the Methods when they’re sold as individual products on the market for uncertain uses, but do not need to comply when they’re used as parts of non-listed products. For example, monitors, within the scope of the catalogue, do not need to follow the restrictions when used as parts of medical equipment.

China RoHS differs from EU RoHS in scope and management methods. Listed products shall meet the requirements for the concentration limits of restricted substances and carry an “E” mark, while non-listed products only need to specify the names and contents of restricted substances on labels, according to China RoHS. EU RoHS requires all EEPs (exemptions excluded) meet the concentration limits set by RoHS 2.0 and manages the process by asking for a declaration of conformity.

Conformity assessment system undecided

Conformity assessment system is a crucial part of China RoHS. We learn from an insider that, the conformity assessment system has been drafted but not approved yet for unknown reasons. The system is said to be a combination of multiple mechanisms, which might include a declaration of conformity and voluntary certification.

We learn that the transition period of the catalogue is one year, which means listed products manufactured or sold after March 12 2019 must be subject to the concentration limits stipulated in national standards numbered GB/T 26572. Imported products will be managed by the date of manufacturing.