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India Updates Exemption Lists under RoHS Rules

The amendment introduces two entries to the exemption list under RoHS Rules.

India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) issued a notification on January 30, 2023, announcing to amend the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022. The amendment, namely E-Waste (Management) Amendment Rules, 2023, shall come into force from April 1, 2023.

Established in November 2022, the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022 is a set of regulations formulated by MoEFCC in India, with an aim to provide an effective framework for the management of electronic waste in the country (See more in ChemLinked's previous coverage). It mainly introduces the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Framework and sets out a list of electrical and electronic equipment covered under the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) provisions.

Compared with the 2022 version, the amendment adds two entries to the exemption list under RoHS provisions (Schedule - II) as follows:

  • Cadmium and lead in Solar panels/cells, solar Photovoltaic panels/cells/modules

  • Lead in Medical Devices (with the exception of all implanted and infected products)

Adjustments of RoHS obligations are also included in the amendment. Previously, detailed information had to be included in the producer user documentations. This requirement is now dispensed with and producer only need to provide this information as and when Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) requests for it.

Click here to see the full text of E-Waste (Management) Amendment Rules, 2023.

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