China RoHS: very different

January 3, 2007 in Latest, News Leave a reply

China RoHS is very different from EU RoHS

China RoHS is not EU RoHS
 
EU RoHS is effectively a "self-reporting and compliance" directive, with the possibility of retroactive enforcement.  China RoHS requires product, data sheet, and packaging marking before March 1, 2007, and China approved testing prior to product entry into China.
 
EU RoHS has no Marking requirements. China RoHS marking requirements are stringent.
 
EU RoHS requires "Certificates of Compliance", not material declaration documents for each component. China RoHS requires material declaration documents in order to survive a marking audit.
Most EU RoHS documents do not have the information needed to evaluate or support China RoHS Marking compliance.

China RoHS requires material declaration documents in support of your marking decisions

 
Many components with EU RoHS certificates will still have hazardous materials which must be disclosed.  In addition, EU RoHS exempts many products and components from compliance. China RoHS currently has no RoHS exemptions
 
Most EU RoHS documents do not have the information needed to evaluate or support China RoHS Marking compliance
 
The need for material declaration documents is part of China RoHS, as well as several other Asian directives (Sony Green, Mitsubishi Sumitomo, and the emerging Korea RoHS standard).  These directives appeared in the second half 2006, long after EU RoHS efforts were underway.
 
Repeat that again…
 
In order to support your marking decisions, China RoHS requires material declaration documents for each and every component of your bill of materials.   In Chinese.

And the same supporting documentation is required for marking all of your packing materials.

 
Acceptable Chinese business practices differ from US or European business practices.  Specifically, the primary risk is from unplanned audits which can delay products anywhere in your distribution pipeline.  And not just audits from the Chinese government.  

 
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