RoHS in other countries

September 21, 2006 in Latest, News Leave a reply

RoHS is not just for the European Union.

Here are some of the "Lead Free" initiatives currently planned or in place:

EU RoHS - July 1, 2006

European Union
EU RoHS, which went into effect on July 1, 2006 mandates a phase-out of heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, lead, and hexavalent chromium as well as brominated flame retardants in future electronic products.

 

China RoHS - March 1, 2007

China
China RoHS was issued on Feb. 28, 2006 and takes effect March 1, 2007. The directive mandates for a phase out of heavy metals such as cadmium, mercury, lead, and hexavalent chromium as well as brominated flame retardants in future electronic products.  Phase 1 is extensive labeling and reporting.  Phase 2 requires removal of banned substances.

 

Sony Green, Mitsubishi Sumitomo - 2006

 

Japan
Although Japan does not have a regulation that mandates elimination of lead, Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI) requested the decrease of lead in electronics by 75 percent by year 2005. Implementation of this request was voluntarily because the largest market for Japanese electronics is Europe. In order to comply with European RoHS, Japan had to adjust its manufacturing process by decreasing heavy metals in production.

 

Korea RoHS - July 1, 2007

 

South Korea
Korea issued similar to RoHS legislation called "The Act for Resource Recycling of Electrical/Electronic Products and Automobiles” to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on March 30, 2006. This legislation is planned to be enforced on July 1, 2007.

 

Pending legislation for 2007

 

New Zealand
In July 2005, Environment Minister released Product Stewardship and Water Efficiency Labelling, a discussion document outlining the government’s options for encouraging businesses and consumers to accept responsibility for the environmental effects of products.

 

Pending legislation for 2007

 

Canada
In October 2004, Alberta launched Canada´s first provincial electronics recycling program with advance recycling fee of up to $45 on electronics sold in the province.

 

Want to cover all of these RoHS Directives at once?….


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