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China Clamps Down on Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical Products

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has initiated a crackdown on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products. In line with this, a number of new restrictions – as detailed in the recently-issued Standard Management Catalogue for Limiting the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (First Batch) – will come into effect as of March 2019.

In more specific terms, the lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ether content in all products listed in the Catalogue must be within the stipulated limits. All such products will also be subject to the Conformity Assessment System in order to ensure compliance with the mandatory standards.

All products featured on the Exemption List to the Use of Restricted Substances in the Standard Management Catalogue, however, are free from any compliance requirement at the present time.

For further details (in Chinese), please visit the following link:

MIIT Announcement [2018] No.15

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