How does BOMcheck manage compliance with RoHS restrictions in China, Korea and Japan?

Other RoHS legislation around the world focuses on the same list of RoHS substances, but has different requirements.  BOMcheck analyses the substance declarations provided by suppliers to identify any restrictions on using these parts in other parts of the world.

China RoHS

The Management Methods of Controlling Pollution by Electronic Information Products, known as China RoHS, is being implemented in two phases.  It addresses the same substances as the EC RoHS Directive, but includes a much larger scope of products.  Similar to the EC RoHS Directive, additional substances may also be covered under China RoHS in the future.

The first phase took effect from 1 March 2007 and comprises a series of marking requirements.  In addition to a label on the product, if the product contains RoHS materials then the user manual must also include a Hazardous Substance Table (in Chinese) which lists where these substances are found in the product.  Another marking requirement, described in Article 14, requires the manufacturer to label the packaging and to use non-toxic, harmless, readily degradable and recyclable materials.

The second phase is when the actual substance restrictions will take effect.  In 2008 the Chinese government will publish a ‘catalog’ which will list the dates by which particular products must comply with the substance restrictions.  This may include exemptions from materials restrictions for certain types of equipment and in certain applications.  The catalog will also identify some products where pre-market testing and certification will be required before the product can be sold in China.

Korea RoHS

The Act for Resource Recycling of Electrical/Electric Products and Automobiles was published on 2 April 2007 and came into force on 1 January 2008.  The Act applies the same EC RoHS materials restrictions and maximum concentration values to 10 categories of electrical and electronic equipment which are listed in Article 6, Enforcement Ordinance of the Act.

Japan RoHS

Under an amendment to the Law for the Promotion of the Effective Utilisation of Resources, Japan introduced a mandatory labelling standard for certain types of household electrical equipment and IT equipment from 1 July 2006.  If any single homogenous material in these types of equipment contains > 0.01% by weight of cadmium or > 0.1% by weight of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, PBB or PBDE, the J-MOSS labeling standard requires that the equipment is marked with an orange “R” mark.   If the equipment does not contain these materials it should be marked with a green “G” mark.