Environment Friendly Use Period for China RoHS

Question Posed:

How can I determine if my products are in scope for China RoHS and need the environment-Friendly Use Period (EFUP) label?

Answer Provided: 

On March 15, 2018, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released “The Standard Achieving Management Catalogue for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical Appliances and Electronic Products," which entered into force on March 15, 2019. This catalogue lists product types that must be compliant or compliant by virtue of having an exemption. (Exemptions are similar to those under EU RoHS, but not exactly the same.)

The following 12 product types must meet substance restrictions or be compliant by exemption:

  • Air conditioners
  • Electric water heaters
  • Fax machines
  • Miniature computers
  • Mobile communication devices
  • Monitors
  • Photocopiers
  • Printers
  • Refrigerators
  • Telephones
  • Televisions
  • Washing machines

The update reinforces threshold levels for the following substances:

  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+)
  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)


For any other product not in the catalog, any product containing any of the 6 substance groups over the threshold would need to have an Environment-Friendly Use Period (EFUP) label along with the appropriate Hazardous Substance Table in Chinese defining the products and substances over threshold available with the product literature.

Reference: http://ccilc.pt/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/ROTULO_ROHS_EN_EUSMECENTER.pdf

**Article contents valid as of 2018-09-18

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