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CA DTSC RoHS Website
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CA RoHS Law: Health and Safety Code Sections 25214.9-25214.10.2
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CA RoHS Regulations: California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Section 66260.202



California has a “RoHS”-like law (CA RoHS).   CA RoHS applies to anyone who sells, or offers for sale, a covered electronic device in California.  This includes manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers who sell covered electronic devices in California.

CA RoHS was modeled after the EU RoHS legislation, but there are important differences between the two.

  • While the EU RoHS Directive applies to a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment, CA RoHS restrictions are limited to covered electronic devices, which are specific video display devices that have been listed in DTSC’s regulations.
  • CA RoHS regulations restrict the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium in certain electronic devices.
    • CA RoHS does not restrict the use of two brominated flame retardants that EU RoHS does restrict (polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)).

Manufacturers of electronic devices covered by CA RoHS are required to report to the CA Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery on devices sold during the previous calendar year, by July 1 each year.

CA RoHS regulations apply only to covered electronic devices manufactured on and after the date that the devices first became subject to the California RoHS regulations.

Covered Electronic Devices


Under CA RoHS, a covered electronic device is a video display device with a screen greater than four inches, measured diagonally, which DTSC has identified in regulation as a device that is presumed to be hazardous waste when discarded.

  • A video display device is an electronic device with an output surface that displays, or is capable of displaying, moving graphical images or a visual representation of image sequences or pictures, showing a number of quickly changing images on a screen in fast succession, to create the illusion of motion.  This definition includes, if applicable, any device that is an integral part of the display, in that it cannot easily remove it from the display.  A video display device may use, but is not limited to, a cathode ray tube (CRT), liquid crystal display (LCD), gas plasma, digital light processing or other image projection technology.

DTSC has identified and listed nine categories of covered electronic devices in its regulations. The list of devices includes:

  • Cathode ray tube containing devices (CRT devices)
  • Cathode ray tubes (CRTs)
  • Computer monitors containing CRTs
  • Laptop computers with liquid crystal display (LCD)
  • LCD containing desktop monitors
  • Televisions containing CRTs
  • Televisions containing LCD screens
  • Plasma televisions
  • Portable DVD players with LCD screens

There are exclusions for certain video display devices including:

  • A video display device that is a part of a motor vehicle
  • A video display device that is contained within or a part of a piece of industrial, commercial, or medical equipment, including monitoring or control equipment
  • A video display device that is contained within a clothes washer, clothes dryer, refrigerator, refrigerator and freezer, microwave oven, conventional oven or range, dishwasher, room air-conditioner, dehumidifier, or air purifier

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