Manufacturers and importers to the Indian and Turkish electronics industries are facing ever greater challenges, with new regulations now in effect regarding market surveillance for e-waste laws and hazardous substances standards.
India – New compliance criteria
A draft notification was proposed by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests of its E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules (http://moef.nic.in/downloads/public-information/Modified%20Draft%20E-waste.pdf), in May, 2010. This proposal aimed to create an effective mechanism to supervise the generation, collection, storage, transportation, import and export of EEE. A further chapter was included on reducing the amount of hazardous substances used in EEE manufacturing.
Consultations took place that resulted in the publication of the new E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011; these rules entered into effect on May 1, 2012. As with the EU WEEE and RoHS Directives, the Indian E-waste Rules 2011 focus on two primary areas. Firstly they limit the use of 20 substances in EEE for sale in India, and additionally ban several substances, including some flame retardants, which currently have no viable alternatives.
Turkey - Intensified market surveillance
Turkish Customs officers have intensified checks of EEE imported to Turkey and are increasingly denying entry to products that are not accompanied by all the required documentation.
Typically all consumer EEE destined for the Turkish market needs to be accompanied by its CE declaration of conformity, as well as LVD and EMC test reports. Products must strictly follow the applicable CE marking rules (http://www.sgs.com/en/Consumer-Goods-Retail/Electrical-and-Electronics/Audio-Video-and-Household-Appliances/Certification/CE-Marking.aspx).
The Turkish Industry Ministry has intensified its market surveillance and as of this year the ministry is randomly collecting E&E products already on sale and submitting them to testing. Product failures can prove costly to business as manufacturers and importers face being fined for non-compliance to the specific standards and their products withdrawn.
CE declaration of conformity is also mandatory for all gas appliances and all the applicable tests have to be performed by authorized third party labs that have worldwide recognized authorization numbers.
The Turkish Government has intensified its efforts to assist local manufacturers through the provision of greater market surveillance and added support in achieving compliance with ecodesign norms and other EU legislations. The ELEEN project (www.eleen.se), which SGS Turkey is a partner to, allows the Government to offer economic advantages to home grown manufacturers,
SGS assists business by facilitating quick market access in India and Turkey, as well as on any other market worldwide.
For more information, please contact the SGS experts.
SGS Consumer Testing Services
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Dr. Asish Chakraborty
t: +91 33 662 66 100 -104
E&E Section Manager
t: +90 212 368 40 00
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