Chemicals in Products: What Happens Globally after RoHS Recast and EU REACH?
Posted: 18 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 17, 2012
Since the beginning of 2000, there was clear trend of global regulatory convergence on product-related environmental regulations, which has been led by the European Union (EU) and followed by China, Japan, Korea and elsewhere. In response to the adoption of the RoHS Recast Directive (Directive 2011/65/EU) of 1 July 2011 and the completion of the first registration deadline of the EU REACH Regulation (EC/1907/2006) on 1 December 2010, this paper provides a 7–year review (2005-2011) on the status and implementation of RoHS-like and REACH-like regulations in China, Japan and South Korea who have continuously been filling the regulatory gap between EU RoHS and REACH regulations. The year of 2012 would be a particularly important and actionable year for Asian legislators, as they may have to take further legislative measures based on their recently published regulations (e.g., China Circular of 25 August 2011 on the List of Electronic Information Products requiring Voluntary Certification (First Batch) and Exemptions, China Implementation Rules of 26 July 2011 on Voluntary Certification on the Pollution Control of Electronic Information Products, China Regulation of 8 September 2010 on the Drafting and Modification of List of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, China Draft Measures of 16 July 2010 for the Pollution Control of Electrical and Electronic Product). Based on descriptive analysis of existing and pending product-related and chemical regulations in Asia and Europe, the paper concludes how the EU RoHS Recast and REACH regulation would impact the future direction of product-related environmental regulation in Asia.
Keywords: REACH, Chemical Regulation, China, EU, RoHS
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