China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced on June 16, 2023, a plan to create 13 more obligatory standards in addition to a mandatory national standard that establishes limitations on the concentrations of dangerous substances in electrical and electronic devices. Through July 16, 2023, the ministry will accept views on the plan. The strategy outlines the history, key technical information, and required development time frames for the standards.
The required concentration limits for specific restricted substances in electrical and electronic products (GB/T 26572-2011) and marking for the restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products (SJ/T 11364-2014), respectively, are two existing standards that would be combined to create the planned standard for hazardous substance concentration limits for electrical and electronic products. The standard would therefore specify requirements for concentration limits and concentration limit labels for
hazardous chemicals in electrical and electronic products.
In spite of being recommended standards, the aforementioned GB/T 26572-2011 and SJ/T 11364-2014 are cited in the Measures on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products1 and are therefore practically enforceable. However, given that these are suggested criteria, many manufacturers and importers do not believe they are required to abide by them, according to market regulation activities, customs inspections, and industry surveys.
It is crucial to create a mandatory national standard that establishes hazardous substance concentration limits for electrical and electronic products in order to strictly enforce the Measures on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products and to give government agencies an effective legal foundation for market regulations, customs, etc.
Scope of planned standard
Power tools, medical electronic equipment and machinery, lights, and electrical and electronic equipment for residential and industrial usage are only a few examples of the electrical and electronic devices that would be covered by the standard if they were to be sold in China.
It would also specify the minimum allowable concentrations of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products that are listed on the Electrical and Electronic Product Hazardous Substance Restriction Standards Attainment Management List2, as well as the procedures for determining whether an electrical or electronic product complies with conformity standards.