Q&A of Catalogue for the Standard Compliance Administration of the Restricted Use of Hazardous Substances Contained in Electrical and Electronic Products (First Batch)

Ⅰ. Questions related to products included in the Catalogue for the Standard Compliance Administration.

Q1: Are air purifiers and humidifiers listed in the Catalogue?

A: No. According to the definition and description in the Catalogue, room air conditioners refer to those including packaged air conditioners (such as window and wall air conditioners), split air conditioners (such as wall mounted and floor unit air conditioners), air conditioners with VRV (Variable Refrigerant Volume)systems and other types, whose cooling capacity is no more than 14000W (For air conditioners with VRV systems, the cooling capacity of outdoor units is calculated). Due to the lack of refrigeration, air purifiers and humidifiers are not included in the Catalogue for the Standard Compliance Administration.

Q2: Are air conditioners with VRV systems listed in the Catalogue?

A: Yes. VRV is an air conditioning system, each unit of which is sold separately in the market. So, each unit is also managed separately in the Catalogue. Whether indoor or outdoor, if the unit’s rated cooling capacity is 14000W or less, it should be included in the Catalogue; otherwise it should be excluded.

Q3: Are clothes dryers listed in the Catalogue?

A: No. Although the appearance of a clothes dryer is similar to that of a washing machine, clothes dryers whose core function is only to dry, not to wash clothes, are not included in the Catalogue.

Q4: How are electric water heaters defined in the Catalogue?

A: Electric water heaters refer to appliances that convert electric energy into heat energy through electric heating elements like electric heating tubes and electro-thermal film, and then heat the water to a temperature below the boiling point. Products with this function are considered electric water heaters, regardless of the appearance or whether it is integrated with other products or not. Appliances like instantaneous electro-thermal faucets for kitchen and bathroom use are considered electric water heaters.

Q5: How to define the printing width of a printer listed in the Catalogue?

A: Printing width is the maximum width a printer can actually print on.

Q6: Are the large-size LCDs for business use in public venues such as stadiums included in the Catalogue? Are there any specifications for size or application of the display products listed in the Catalogue?

A: Display products of all sizes and applications are included in the Catalogue.

Q7: Will monitors that are to be installed in products not listed in the Catalogue still be included in the Catalogue?

A: No. When products in the Catalogue are used as components for other products not in the Catalogue, said products will not be listed in the Catalogue. However, the Catalogue is still applicable to these products when their end-use is not clear and they are sold separately on the market.

Therefore, the Catalogue does not apply to monitors that are scheduled to be installed in products not included in the Catalogue or monitors used in after-sales services such as maintenance or upgrading of such products.

Q8: Are laser TVs listed in the Catalogue?

A: Yes. Since a laser TV (equipment capable of receiving broadcast TV programs) is designed to function as a television, it should be included in the Catalogue, but the laser projector should not be included.

Q9: Should handheld devices which transmit data via cellular networks and are used to scan bar codes and QR codes for industrial and organizational activities also be listed in the Catalogue?

A: Yes. According to the definition in the Catalogue, handheld devices that use the cellular network to send or receive data between two locations should be incorporated in the Catalogue.

As long as devices of this kind use cellular mobile communication technology, they will be included in the Catalogue. But the Catalogue does not apply to those that use other types of communication technologies.

 

Ⅱ. Questions related to the fittings listed in the Catalogue.

Q10: According to Measures for the Administration of the Restricted Use of the Hazardous Substances Contained in Electrical and Electronic Products, products listed in the Catalogue must comply with national or industry standards for the restricted use and quantity limitation requirements for hazardous substances. So, should the fittings in the Catalogue comply with the same quantity limitation requirements?

A: Yes. According to the definition of electric and electronic products in Measures for the Administration, products incorporated in the Catalogue already include fittings. Therefore, both the standard fittings and special optional fittings of products incorporated into the Catalogue should comply with the samequantity limitation requirements. The fittings will not be included in the Catalogue when sold separately.

Q11: Should electrical and electronic products that are not sold separately, but sent as giveaways, be managed according to the Measures for the Administration? Should such products already incorporated in the Catalogue meet the quantity limitation requirements?

A: Yes. Electrical and electronic products sent as giveaways should be managed in accordance with the Measures for the Administration. If these products are also included in the Catalogue, they should meet the quantity limitation requirements and be managed in accordance with the conformity assessment system for the restricted use of the hazardous substances contained in electrical and electronic products. No matter if they are giveaways or free products, products are subject to the Measures for the Administration regardless of the way they enter the market.

Q12: Do the Measures for the Administration apply to the fittings for field installations of air conditioners?

A:No. The fittings used in field installations of air conditioners are mainly non-electrical and non-electronic products such as brackets, copper pipes and screws. Therefore, the fittings used in field installations of air conditioners are not incorporated into the Measures for the Administration.

However, if the fittings are sold to consumers together with the air conditioner as a unit, they shall be managed by the Measures for the Administration and shall be managed together with the air conditioner in accordance with Catalogue.

Q13: Should cell phone cases and screen protection films comply with the Measures for the Administration?

No. Cell phone cases and screen protection film are not electrical or electronic products, and are not necessary parts to meet the requirements of the structure or function of cell phones, so they are not included in the Measures for the Administration.

 

Introduction of Green Manufacturing Committee

The Green Manufacturing Committee (GMC), under the guidance of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Ministry of Civil Affairs, is a branch of China Electronic Energy-saving Technology Association, which is a professional social group that carries out standardization work, technology communication, training and consultation, and product and service promotions that are related to the green manufacturing of electrical and electronic products nationwide.

GMC can organize or participate in the development of national, local and association green standards, and carry out trainings about green manufacturing technology. It can also promote green manufacturing technology and green products, organize green manufacturing think tank forums for academics and experts, and delegate power to different regions to develop and upgrade the regional green industry.