China Officially Backs Voluntary RoHS Certification
When China published its ĎAdministrative Measure on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products (EIPs)' in March 2007, it identified the labeling requirements and defined a list of restricted substances for electronics.
Acknowledging Electronic Information Products (EIPs)' global supply chain complexities and the necessity of hazardous substance management, on May 18, 2010 the Chinese Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued an Implementation Opinion setting out a uniform government promotion of voluntary certification of EIP pollution control, intending to encourage hazardous substances management that spans the entire EIP supply chain. The catalog for the first batch of certifications published by CNCA & MIIT on August 26, 2011 specifies many types of finished electronics products and includes computers, monitors, printers, televisions, mobile terminals, fixed telephone terminals, and all spare parts, components and materials for these products. On the same day the CNCA published new implementation rules for Voluntary CN RoHS Certification (CNCA-RoHS-0101: 2011).
More recently, the initial list of certification bodies was announced on May 28, 2012 and a draft of the Administrative Measures on Controlling Pollution of EIP (http://www.sirris.be/uploadedFiles/SIRRIS/Subsites/ROHS/ExFo-ElektroG_4-6d_ChinaRoHSWSGR110405%281%29.pdf) was published in June 4, 2012. This further refines how the conformity assessment activities will be applied by enterprises voluntarily, but promoted and administrated by the government uniformly, to certify electronics comply with the technical specifications and satisfy pollution control standards.
The voluntary certification enables enterprises to enhance the control and management of hazardous substances, level the competitive environment and simplify downstream certifications for exporters internationally. China is taking a radical new approach for managing hazardous substances with its Voluntary CN RoHS Certification that differs markedly from EU RoHS regulations.
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