Management Methods for Controlling Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products Regulation (China RoHS)
On February 28, 2006, the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry promulgated China's requirements for the "Management Methods for Controlling Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products Regulation." These requirements spell out Chinese policy on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) used in Electronic Information Products (EIPs).
The Chinese "Management Methods" are similar to European Union RoHS requirements because they recognize the same six hazardous substances and the same maximum concentration levels. Unlike EU RoHS, the Chinese regulations do not recognize any hazardous substance exemptions. The "Management Methods" document also defines requirements for product labeling and hazardous substance level disclosure. The following three separate industry standards were developed to describe the requirements:
National Instruments meets the "Management Methods" requirements by providing appropriate labeling and hazardous substance disclosure with all products that fall under the EIP definition.
Disclosure of Hazardous Substances and Elements
SJ/T 11364-2006 requires that all EIP manufacturers supply a table disclosing toxic or hazardous substances contained in a product. Table 1 is an example of the information supplied with NI EIP products.
The table discloses hazardous substance concentration values above or below the limit requirements defined in SJ/T 11363-2006. An "X" or "O" in the table row identifies whether a hazardous substance is present for each major component of the product.
O: Indicates that the toxic or hazardous substance contained in all of the homogeneous materials for this part is below the limit required in SJ/T 11363-2006.
X: Indicates that the toxic or hazardous substance contained in at least one of the homogeneous materials used for this part is above the limit requirement in SJ/T 11363-2006.
Product Marking Explanations
In accordance with the requirements specified in SJ/T 11324-2006, all NI EIPs sold in the People's Republic of China are marked with pollution control logos.
The following illustrations show the markings that apply to NI products.
Logo 1 - No part of the EIP contains toxic or hazardous substances or elements above the requirements listed in SJ/T 11363-2006.
Logo 2 - Some homogenous substance within the EIP contains toxic or hazardous substances or elements above the requirements listed in SJ/T 11363-2006. These substances are identified in Table 1.
The size or function of some products may prevent them from being directly marked. These products still meet the requirements of SJ/T 11363-2006, and their marking information is covered in the Hazardous Substance Disclosure form that is shipped with the EIP.
Environmentally Friendly Use Period
The number in Logo 2, shown as 40 in the illustration, refers to an EIP's environmentally friendly use period (EFUP). The EFUP is the number of years from the date of manufacture that toxic or hazardous substances or elements contained in EIPs will not leak or mutate under normal operating conditions resulting in any environmental pollution, bodily injury, or damage to assets.
Manufacture dates of all National Instruments products are encoded into the product serial number. Contact your local sales office to obtain the manufacture date for your product.
Packaging Recycling Marks
SJ/T 11364-2006 defines that EIP packaging must be marked in accordance with the needs and requirements for recycling, reuse, and regeneration. Standard GB 18455-2001, "Packaging Recycling Marks," provides information on markings that must be placed on packaging materials.
The following illustration is a sample of one of the marks NI may place on its packaging to meet GB 18455-2001.
Recycle Mark for Noncorrugated Fiberboard
For more information on the "Management Methods for Controlling Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products Regulation," visit the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry Web site.
Hazardous Substance Disclosure Statements