Category Archives: IEC62474

IEC 62474 is an International Standard on material declaration. It includes an internationally recognized Desclarable Substance List (DSL), a material declaration procedure and an XML-schema for data exchange. The contents of the standard that may need to be updated regularly are provided in an online datebase which is maintained by an International validation team. The IEC database is available on the IEC website at For additional information on this standard, please refer to our website

IEC 62474 Declarable Substance List Updated – April 8, 2015

An update to the IEC 62474 declarable substance list (DSL) and data exchange format was published on April 8, 2015. Regulatory changes prompted 5 new and modified substance entries. Nearly 30 other changes were implemented as part of a year-long DSL review to identify substances whos names have changed in regulatory usage and to implement common naming conventions.

Details of the update are provided on the IEC 62474 blog.

Products Containing Mercury Regulations published in Canada

The Canadian “Products Containing Mercury Regulations” were published in the Canada Gazette on November 19, 2014 and come into force on November 8, 2015. The Regulations will prohibit the manufacture and import of products containing elemental mercury or a mercury compound. Exemptions to the mercury prohibition are provided for applications that have no technical alternative – they are similar but not identical to the EU RoHS mercury exemptions. For products that contain mercury, specific labelling and marking requirements are specified in the regulations.


The Regulations apply to any product that contains mercury, including all electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) whether currently included or excluded from the scope of the EU RoHS Directive. In this regard, the Canadian Regulations have a broader applicability than the EU RoHS Directive; however, the exemptions also cover applications that are not relevant to EEE such as use of mercury in dental amalgam.

The regulations do not apply to products that are at end-of-life, waste, a food, drug, or cosmetic, veterinary biologic, pest control product, feed, fertilizer, or explosive, ores, concentrates and by-products of metallurgic operations, and on-road vehicles from the 2016 model year or earlier.

Prohibitions and Exemptions

A product that contains mercury may not be manufactured or imported unless it belongs to a product category that has a specified exemption or if a manufacturer or importer holds a permit issued under the Regulations.

The exemptions are similar to the EU RoHS exemptions but not identical. There are differences in the wording of the allowed applications and in the allowed mercury concentration. A careful comparison is needed to ensure that a product containing mercury meets the Canadian regulation.

The regulations specify additional requirements for products that are imported or manufactured with mercury (for example, under an exemption). The additional requirements include labelling, marking, information on safe use (including when a product such as a lamp breaks), and reporting of mercury quantity that is imported or manufactured.

For product uses that are not covered by an exemption, it is possible to request a permit from Environment Canada.

For additional information or assistance on the Canadian Products Containing Mercury Regulations, contact ECD Compliance.

January 21, 2014: IEC 62474 replaces JIG-101 declarable substance list

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA),  DIGITALEUROPE, and the Japanese Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative (JGPSSI) officially announced that the JIG-101 standard that has provided the electronics industry with a list of substances of concern since 2005 is obsolete and has been replace by the International IEC 62474 standard on materials declaration.  The press release is available on the CEA website (

January 31, 2013: IEC 62474 substance list is updated

IEC 62474 Declarable Substance List (DSL) was updated with additional regulated substances that may be found in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).  Most of the substances that were added are REACH Candidate List SVHCs.  The International Standard  IEC 62474 DSL replaces the JIG-101 substance list that was commonly used by industry since 2006. The IEC 62474 database is available at: