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Where to Find the Latest Global RoHS Exemption List

Little Pro on 2018-04-17 Views:  Update:2018-10-17

RoHS restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products and their components. However, certain applications may be exempt from RoHS restriction if it is technically or scientifically impracticable to prohibit the use of certain hazardous substances at present. In this article, we will give you a summary of where to find the latest list of RoHS exemptions.

EU RoHS Exemption

The list of RoHS exemptions is given in the Annexes III and IV of the Directive 2011/65/EU (EU RoHS 2). The picture below is an example. 

EU RoHS Exemption

Note: The deadline given above can be extended. Existing exemptions for which a renewal request has been submitted remain valid until a decision on the renewal request is taken by the Commission. If there is no renewal request, an end date will be assigned (see table below). 

EU RoHS Exemption Request

To check if the exemptions given in annex III and V are still valid, please click the table below.

China RoHS Exemptions

In March 2018, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published a list of electrical and electronic products that must meet hazardous substance restriction requirements of China RoHS and a list of RoHS exemptions (see picture below). There is no applicability deadline for each exempt application.

China RoHS Exemptions

To download the Chinese version of the RoHS exemption list, please click here. If you wish to purchase the English version of the RoHS Compliance Catalogue and exemption list, please contact us.

Japan RoHS Exemption

Exemptions are given in the Annex B of the JIS C 0950: 2008. Product which meet JIS C 0950:2008 annex B exemption criteria do not require "R" labellling even if they contain hazardous substances exceeding restriction limits. More info can be found here.

Korea GHS Exemptions

Korea RoHS exemptions are given in the Annex 2 of the Enforcement Ordinance of the Act for Resource Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles (Korea RoHS). The exemptions are similar to those of the EU RoHS.

Singapore RoHS Exemption

There is no official list of RoHS exemption in Singapore yet. It plans to harmonize its exemption list with EU.

RoHS in Other Countries

Country Summary & Reference
China
  • China RoHS 2.0: The Administrative Measures for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products (Being drafted).
  • Restricts the same 6 hazardous substances as EU RoHS 2.0;
  • Additional RoHS labelling requirements set by SJ/T 11364-2014;
  • More info about China RoHS 2.0.
Japan
  • Japan RoHS: JIS C 0950 The marking for presence of the specific chemical substances for electrical and electronic equipment;
  • Applicable to 7 types of electrical and electronic products;
  • Mandatory disclosure and labeling if the content of 6 hazardous substances exceeds certain limits;
  • Read more about Japan RoHS
Korea
  • Korea RoHS: The Act for Resource Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles (2007);
  • Korea's version of the RoHS, WEE and ELV directives;
  • Restricts the same 6 hazardous substances as EU RoHS 2.0;
  • Read more about Korea RoHS
Taiwan
  • Taiwan RoHS:CNS 15663 Guidance to reduction of the restricted chemical substances in electrical and electronic equipment;
  • Voluntary national standard restricting the same 6 hazardous substances;
  • Sets its own hazardous substance marking requirement.
  • More info about Taiwan RoHS
USA
  • No federal RoHS-style legislation;
  • California's Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003 (EWRA) prohibits the sale of some electronic devices after January 1, 2007, that are prohibited from being sold under the EU RoHS directive;
  • The substances restricted are "certain heavy metals," specifically lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium;
  • Reference

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