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The Rest of the World


Scope of products covered is widening in some regions. EU and possibly others are adding to the list of substances covered. More countries are passing RoHS legislation similar to that in the EU.


South Korea

The South Korea Act on the Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles contains substance restrictions and maximum concentration values (MCVs) are the same as under the EU RoHS.  There are also exemptions similar to those in the EU RoHS.  However the scope of covered products is narrower than under EU RoHS, and is limited to ten specified types of consumer products:

  • Air conditioners
  • Televisions
  • Refrigerators
  • Washing machines
  • Copiers
  • Printers
  • Fax machines
  • Personal computers
  • Audio equipment
  • Cell phones (including batteries and chargers)



Turkey RoHS legislation became effective June 2009.  Turkey’s requirements are aligned with EU RoHS.



In Japan, manufacturers and importers of specific types of electronic equipment are required to provide information on six substances (same as covered in EU RoHS).

  • Content markings are to indicate whether the content rate of the targeted substances is within or exceeds the standard value.
  • Japanese Industrial Standard JIS C 0950:2005 specifies the markings to be used to indicate the presence of hazardous chemical substances in electrical and electronic equipment.



India has RoHS provisions that came into force on May 1, 2014, but there is uncertainty about how the will be implemented and enforced.  Provisions are very similar to EU RoHS.



The Eurasian Economic Commission (encompassing Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus) undertook a consultation on a draft RoHS in 2014.  The draft includes requirements that are very similar to EU RoHS but more narrowly define covered products.