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Taiwan Revises Mandatory Commodity Inspection Rules for Power Supply Products

taiwan-1184108_960_720An Announcement on the revision of mandatory commodity inspection rules for seven types of power supply products was published recently by the Taiwan Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI). The products covered in the revision are as follows:

  • Lithium storage batteries
  • Other types of storage batteries
  • Switching mode power supplies
  • Other types of power supplies
  • Electrostatic converters for the use of automatic data processors & communication equipment
  • Chargers for 3C batteries
  • Other types of electrostatic converters

BSMI now requires importers or manufacturers to clearly mark “the presence conditions of the restricted substances” (i.e. Marking of Presence) and to comply with requirements stipulated in Section 5 “Marking of presence” of CNS 15663. This is done in order to encourage industries to reduce use of restricted chemical substances in electronic and electrical equipment (EEE) and to control the amount of restricted chemical substances at each stage of the supply chain and life cycle of electronic and electrical equipment, along with promoting the awareness of consumers for the reduction of environmental burden and the effective use of resources.

All products have to be clearly marked with the label on the packaging, stickers, body, or accompanying instruction manual. The website address must also be placed on these areas for companies that utilise a website to announce “the presence conditions of the restricted substance” of the products. The restricted substances consist of the following:

  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Hexavalent chromium
  • PBDEs
  • PBBs
  • Mercury

The previous inspection standards will cease to apply on January 1st, 2019. Existing type-approval cert holders will have to complete renewal of all certs before December 31st, 2017, and all applicants for certification extension, or new applicants, will have to comply with the labeling requirements from January 1st, 2018.

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