South Korea | Electric and Electronic

Updates of the Korean RoHS

South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has announced planned amendments to its Enforcement Decree of the Act on Resource Circulation of Electrical and Electronic Products

The Enforcement Decree of the Act on Resource Circulation of Electrical and Electronic Products can be seen as an equivalent to the EU RoHS (Restrictions on Hazardous Substances) Directives which restrict (with exceptions) the use of several hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment.

As a result of the amendments, the Korean RoHS will be further harmonized with the European system. Just like in the EU by force of the Directive 2015/863 (so called RoHS 3), in South Korea the four following restricted substances will be added to the list:

  1. Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  2. Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
  3. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  4. Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

Moreover, the product catalogue will be extended. 23 new product categories will be added to the existing 26 affected by the regulation:

  1. Vending Machines
  2. Dehumidifiers
  3. Toasters
  4. Electric Kettles
  5. Electric Water Heaters
  6. Electric Frying Pans
  7. Hair Dryers
  8. Treadmills
  9. Surveillance Cameras
  10. Food Dehydrators
  11. Electric appliances for Massage
  12. Foot Spas
  13. Sewing Machines
  14. Video Game Consoles
  15. Wired and Wireless Routers
  16. Scanners (not including portable scanner)
  17. Bread Makers
  18. GPS Navigation Devices
  19. Fryers
  20. Projectors (not including portable projector)
  21. Coffee Machines
  22. Herbal Medicine Cookers
  23. Spin Dryers

The relevant legal texts and the rationale for the amendments can be accessed in Korean under the link.

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