Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Test Facility
E- waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011, published in the Gazette of India, section 3, sub-section (ii), vide number S.O. 1035(E), have been revised as E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 and have come into force from the 1st day of October, 2016. These rules shall apply to every manufacturer, producer, consumer, bulk consumer, collection centres, dealers, e-retailer, refurbisher, dismantler and recycler involved in manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, collection,
storage and processing of e-waste or electrical and electronic equipment listed in Schedule I, including their components, consumables, parts and spares which make the product operational. Chapter - V of E-waste (Management) Rules – 2016 deals with Reduction in the use of hazardous substances (RoHS) Directive. Every producer of electrical and electronic equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares listed in Schedule - I shall ensure that, new Electrical and Electronic Equipment and their components or consumables or parts or spares do not contain Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers beyond a maximum concentration value of 0.1% by weight in homogenous materials for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers and of 0.01% by weight in homogenous materials for cadmium. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) shall conduct random sampling of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market to monitor and verify the compliance of Reduction of Hazardous Substances provisions and the cost for sample and testing shall be borne by the Producer. If the product does not comply with Reduction of Hazardous Substances provisions, the producers shall take corrective measures to bring the product into compliance and withdraw or recall the product from the market, within a reasonable period as per the guidelines of the Central Pollution Control Board.
C-MET, Hyderabad laboratory has established state of the art characterization facilities for the analysis of electronic and related samples to quantify the substances banned under Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), Directive. C-MET has developed requisite Infrastructure, state of the art characterization facilities and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as per IEC 62321 standard. RoHS analysis of variety of samples are being carried out using Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (EDXRF), Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS) with Hydride generator, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICPMS), Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GCMS), Ion-Chromatograph (IC), UV-Visible Spectrophotometer (UV-Visible), etc. This RoHS test facility is accredited as per ISO 17025:2005 standard by National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, with certificate No: T-1780 in the field of chemical analysis of electronic materials (polymers, metals, etc.). In addition to NABL accreditation , C-MET is also having Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Govt. of India recognition for testing mercury levels in CFLs and Fluorescent Lamps(FLs) as per test method IS 15906.
This is the only RoHS testing facility in the country established with the aegis of Min. of Electronics & IT (MeitY), Government of India. On Feb. 17, 2017 C-MET and CPCB have signed the MoU to use the RoHS testing facilities of C-MET, Hyderabad for the RoHS compliance testing of EEE products collected in the random sampling from the market in the country.
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