Korea – Enacts Amendment to K-RoHS

South Korea published on November 24, 2020 Decree No. 31184[1] amending the Enforcement Ordinance on the Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Vehicles Act 2007, Presidential Decree No. 20480, 2007. The amendment adds 23 new products to the list of products subject to the substance restrictions and adds restrictions for the four phthalate substances (DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP) that are already restricted under EU RoHS.

The newly included products (unofficial translation) are:

  • dehumidifier,
  • scanner,
  • toaster,
  • electric kettle,
  • electric water heater,
  • electric frying pan,
  • hair dryer,
  • treadmill,
  • security camera,
  • food dryer,
  • electric massage machine,
  • foot bath,
  • sewing machine,
  • video game machine,
  • wireless router,
  • bread maker,
  • navigation display device,
  • fryer,
  • beam projector,
  • coffee maker,
  • hot pot,
  • dehydrator,
  • vending machine.

The amendment enters into force on January 1, 2021, but new substance restrictions in Annex 1-2 and exemptions in Annex 2 enter into force on July 1, 2021.

[1] Korea RoHS amendment, https://gwanbo.mois.go.kr/ezpdf/customLayout.jsp?contentId=00000000000000001605852807630000&tocId=00000000000000001605852808657000&isTocOrder=N&name=%20%EB%8C%80%ED%86%B5%EB%A0%B9%EB%A0%B9%EC%A0%9C31184%ED%98%B8(%EC%A0%84%EA%B8%B0%C2%B7%EC%A0%84%EC%9E%90%EC%A0%9C%ED%92%88%20%EB%B0%8F%20%EC%9E%90%EB%8F%99%EC%B0%A8%EC%9D%98%20%EC%9E%90%EC%9B%90%EC%88%9C%ED%99%98%EC%97%90%20%EA%B4%80%ED%95%9C%20%EB%B2%95%EB%A5%A0%20%EC%8B%9C%ED%96%89%EB%A0%B9%20%EC%9D%BC%EB%B6%80%EA%B0%9C%EC%A0%95%EB%A0%B9)%20#