*Taiwan Taiwan announces amendments to the Legal Inspection Requirements for commodities subject to RoHS regulation

Taiwan announces amendments to the Legal Inspection Requirements for commodities subject to RoHS regulation

On February 24 and March 15, 2022, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan announced two amendments to the regulation related to commodities subject to mandatory inspection. Inspection requirements for printers, storage devices, monitors and other 50 commodities are added in these two amendments. All these above-mentioned 53 commodities are subject to RoHS regulation of Taiwan, at the same time, all their inspection standards include the Section 5 “Marking of Presence” of CNS 15663(2013). The revised inspection standards have come into force on February 22, 2022, and the old inspection standards will become invalid from January 1, 2024.

Amendments of inspection standards

Inspection standards applicable to printers, HDD and other 29 commodities are revised as follows (the revised contents are in bold). For the details of these 31 commodities, please refer to the following URL (in Traditional Chinese).
https://www.bsmi.gov.tw/wSite/ct?xItem=99995&ctNode=8158&mp=1

Revised inspection standards

Old inspection standards

1.     CNS 15936 (2016): Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment-radiation emission requirements

2.     CNS 15598-1 (2020): Audio/Video, Information and Communication Equipment – Part 1: Safety Requirements

3.      CNS 15663 (2013): Section 5 “Marking of Presence”

1.      CNS 13438 (2006): Information Technology Equipment – Limits and Measuring Methods for Radio Interference Characteristics.

2.      CNS 14336-1 (2010): Type Test Report for Products Safety

3.      CNS 15663 (2013): Section 5 “Marking of Presence”

Inspection standards applicable to monitors and other 21 commodities are also revised (the revised contents are in bold) (Below is an example of the monitor). For the details of these 22 commodities, please refer to the following URL (in Traditional Chinese).
https://www.bsmi.gov.tw/wSite/public/Data/f1635986331239.pdf

Commodity

Inspection standards

monitor 1.     CNS 15936 (2016): Electromagnetic compatibility of multimedia equipment-radiation emission requirements

2.     CNS 15598-1 (2020): Audio/Video, Information and Communication Equipment-Part 1: Safety Requirements

3.      CNS 15663 (2013): Section 5 “Marking of Presence”

※In the CNS 15598-1, which was revised in 2020, limit requirements for mercury content in cold cathode fluorescent lamps and induction lamps (<500 mm: 3.5 mg or less, 500 mm ~ 1500 mm: 5 mg or less, > 1500 mm: 13 mg or less)

※CNS 15663: Guidance to Reduction of the Restricted Chemical Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Taiwan national standard related to RoHS).

Additional conditions for exemptions

The following explanation of exemption is added to the explanation of application scope for all the products.

“Products belonging to medical devices or telecommunications terminal devices are excluded”.

Products with expanded application scope

  • Gateway is added to the application scope of inspection standards of “machines for receiving, converting, transmitting, or reproducing sound, images, or other data”.
  • Rechargeable electric pencil sharpener is added to the application scope of the inspection standard of pencil sharpener (it is excluded in the old standard).

Effective date of the revised inspection standards

According to the explanation of these notices, the revised inspection standards have come into force in February 22, 2022, and the old version will become invalid from January 1, 2024. For a commodity subject to declaration of conformity, its declaration of conformity will be invalid from January 1, 2025; therefore, manufacturers or importers shall update the declaration of conformity according to the revised inspection standards before December 31, 2024. The newly added “rechargeable electric pencil sharpener” and “gateway” will be subject to inspection for products imported or manufactured in Taiwan after January 1, 2024.