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Eurasian Economic Union – Mandatory RoHS Regulation Implementation

Hazardous
December 16, 2019

By Paola Pesconi, EAC Regulatory Program Expert

RoHS Technical Regulation requirements becoming mandatory starting from March 2020 in Russia and other EAEU Member States. Technical Regulation on Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) was published by the Eurasian Economic Commission and is applicable in the five Member Countries:

  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Russia

The regulation is in force and starting from March 1st, 2020 with the mandatory implementation, manufacturers and importers have the obligation to carry out the conformity assessment and show compliance with the RoHS requirements, in addition to the current regulations already implemented under the EAC marking.

Product categories impacted, and for which a Declaration of Conformity is required, are listed in the Annex 1 of the regulation; household appliances and lighting equipment are included. The regulation restricts the use of six substances in electrotechnical and electronic products. List of substances, their maximum percentage allowed, and exemptions are detailed in annexes 2 and 3.

The restrictions are part of the requirements to be considered for EAC conformity marking. It is possible to apply for a Declaration of Conformity for RoHS technical regulation only, to be obtained in addition to the EAC Certificate of Conformity issued to cover other regulations (Low Voltage, EMC, Gas appliances). The declaration shall be signed by a local representative based in one of the Member States and shall be registered by a local accredited Certification Body after submission of the relevant documentation. Otherwise, a single approval can be issued, Certificate or Declaration of Conformity, considering all applicable technical regulations.

Product categories involved:

  1. Electrical devices and household appliances, including cooking, kitchen, refrigerating and laundry appliances; devices for maintaining and controlling indoor climate and for sanitary use; power supply units, chargers and voltage regulators; gardening tools; devices for aquariums and garden ponds; electrical pumps.
  2. Information technology equipment
  3. Telecommunications devices
  4. Office equipment
  5. Electrical tools (hand-held and portable electric machines)
  6. Light sources and lighting equipment, including equipment that can be built into furniture: general purpose lamps (incandescent, fluorescent, LED); general purpose (fixed and portable) and ground-recessed luminaires; floodlights; household fairy lights (including Christmas lights)
  7. Electric musical instruments
  8. Leisure and sport equipment, vending machines
  9. Cash registers, ticket machines, ID card readers, ATMs, information kiosks
  10. Cables, wires and cords
  11. Automatic switches and residual current circuit breakers
  12. Fire, security and fire alarm detectors
# Name of substances (group of substances) Maximum permissible value of concentration of a substance by weight in homogeneous materials, percent
1 Lead 0.1
2 Mercury 0.1
3 Cadmium 0.01
4 Hexavalent Chromium 0.1
5 Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) 0.1
6 Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) 0.1

 

Normative reference:

Technical Regulation “On Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products" (EAEU TR 037/2016) adopted with the Decision No. 113 of the Eurasian Economic Commission dated October 18, 2016.

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