In this edition of the Weekly Compliance Digest, we cover Singapore’s RoHS regulation that limits the use of six hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products.
Environmental Protection and Management Act (amendment of 2nd schedule) Order 2016
What is it?
Recently, Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) enacted a Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulation that limits the use of six hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products. The regulation is adapted from the European Union’s RoHS Directive. Currently, regulations similar to the EU’s RoHS exist in India, Japan, South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam. Singapore and are the latest countries to pass RoHS-type regulations. According to Chemical Watch, regulations similar to RoHS have also been proposed in the Customs Union (Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Belarus), Malaysia, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.
What is affected?
Singapore’s RoHS regulation applies to a narrower list of products compared to the EU’s RoHS. The following products manufactured, imported or sold in Singapore are covered:
- Air conditioners
- Flat panel televisions
- Mobile phones
- Washing machines
The following items are not covered by the regulation:
- Batteries and accumulators
- Products specifically designed for industrial use only
- Secondhand products
In addition, Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) says that manufacturers and importers of electrical and electronic products will have to submit a RoHS declaration of conformity before selling their products in Singapore.
What are the requirements?
Singapore’s RoHS regulation restricts the following substances in the covered products, at the specified concentration limits:
- Cadmium and its compounds (0.01%)
- Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)
- Lead and its compounds (0.1%)
- Mercury and its compounds (0.1%)
- Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1%)
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)
What is next?
The regulation will be in effect as of June 1, 2017.
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