On 29 June, the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a draft catalog of electrical and electronic products (EEPs) that, once the list is adopted, will be covered by substance bans under “Phase II” of the China RoHS2 law.

Pursuant to China RoHS2, products listed in the catalog must comply with hazardous substance restrictions for lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) – the same six substances that are currently restricted under EU RoHS.

The draft catalog lists twelve product types:

  • electric water heaters;
  • monitors (such as computer monitors and CCTVs);
  • microcomputers (such as personal computers, laptops, tablets and PDAs);
  • mobile communication devices; and

As with EU RoHS, some applications are exempt from the substance restrictions. China RoHS2, published last year, updated and broadened the scope of the original China RoHS law from 2006.

Once the catalog is finalized, it may be updated from time to time in the future, so companies will need to continue to assess whether their products are included in the (future) catalog scope. Furthermore, EEPs that are not included in the catalog list may still be subject to China RoHS2 product marking requirements.