End of transitional period - new rules apply for hazardous substances used in electronic and electrical devices
Electrotechnical products brought to market in the EAEU must undergo conformity assurance procedures before 1 March 2020 to prove their compliance with EAEU Technical Regulation 037/2016 “On restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment“.
What is the EAEU TR 037/2016 technical regulation?
EAEU TR 037/2016 technical regulation was adopted on March 1, 2018. The authorities, based on the decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, provided companies with a two-year transition period. This decision was made so that during this time companies could prepare and from 1 March 2020 be able to fully adapt to the requirements set out in the technical regulation. From that day, all companies must have declarations or certificates of compliance of products with the requirements of EAEU TR 037/2016 regulation.
Do I need a certificate of compliance or declaration of conformity?
The choice of the declaration scheme is made by the applicant. The technical regulation provides the possibility of testing the product in research laboratories, including those in countries that are not members of the Eurasian Economic Union. On the basis of test reports received from suppliers of materials, components and parts from which electrical and electronic devices are manufactured, a documentation base is created.
What kind of equipment is covered by the requirements described in the regulation?
The regulation mentions various types of electrical devices and electronic equipment such as IT, telecommunications, lighting and sports, as well as vending machines and power tools.
Are EAEU provisions different from the European ones?
No - the provisions adopted by the Eurasian Economic Commission to limit the use of these substances in electrical products take into account European rules and European manufacturing practice. It regulates the concentration of hazardous substances. Therefore, in homogeneous materials included in the production of electrical and electronic products, the concentration of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated diphenyl and diphenyl ethers must not exceed 0.1%, and cadmium concentration - 0.01%.
What about products that were placed on the market before March 1, 2020?
These products do not have to be adapted to the provisions of the regulation. Trade in products introduced to the market on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union before the entry into force of the regulation, i.e. before March 1, 2020, is allowed throughout its entire period of use.