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The largest democracy voted the 'E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules' back in 2011. This regulation addresses both the presence of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electronics and their waste (WEEE).
As a result, one single law imposes limitations of certain substances as well as better recycling of electronics. While the WEEE section came into force first on May 1st, 2012, the RoHS obligations started to apply on May 12th, 2013.
If you manufacture or import electronic products in the Republic of India, then WEEE or RoHS obligations may apply, depending on the size of the Indian legal entity and the type of imported devices.
The following approaches apply to both markets:
|India RoHS||European Union (EU) RoHS|
Most IT and telecommunications equipment, except hards drives and other equipment for collecting, storing, processing, or transmitting information electronically
Some large household appliances, like air-conditioning units, refrigerators and washing machines
|A very broad scope of most consumer and professional electrical and electronic equipment|
|Excluded Businesses||Small-sized enterprises, specifically defined under the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006||None|
Lead and compounds
Mercury and compounds
Cadmium and compounds
4 phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP and DIBP)
The various stakeholders on the recycling of electronics have to be registered and authorized by the Indian governmental authorities. Permit revisions and e-waste storage restrictions apply.
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