Bangladesh RoHS and WEEE Draft Laws Proposed


26 March 2020

board-96597_1280Bangladesh is planning to be one of the next countries to adopt RoHS-like legislation. However, the draft proposal submitted to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in February 2020 indicates that this will not be the same as EU RoHS.

This legislation is summarized below:

Scope

The proposed scope is:

  • Household appliances, which includes kitchen appliances, lamps and consumer electronics
  • Monitoring and Control equipment
  • Medical Equipment
  • Automatic Machinery
  • IT and telecommunication equipment

Substance restrictions

The list of restricted substances is different to EU RoHS. It includes (upper limits in brackets);

  • lead and lead oxide (0.1%)
  • mercury (0.1%)
  • hexavalent chromium (0.25%)
  • copper-beryllium (3%)
  • antimony oxide (1%)
  • short chain chlorinated paraffin (25%)
  • octabromodiphenylether (2%)
  • PVC (0.15%)
  • TBBPA (0.15%)

Various mineral wool fibers (2.0 – 20) and polychlorinated biphenyls (0.25) are also restricted. Manufacturers and importers will have five years to comply from the date when the legislation is enacted. The WTO announcement also states that “all hazardous substances that have been reduced and the hazardous substances contained, must be added to the product information booklet”, but at present there is no guidance available on what this would entail.

E-waste

Bangladesh is also planning e-waste legislation, which will include a ban on the import of old and used electrical equipment. The proposed approach is for payments to be made to consumers to encourage them to return e-waste for recycling. This law has the aim that the proportion of e-waste that is recycled will increase over 5 years to at least 50%. Everyone in the supply chain including importers, distributors, transporters, recyclers and exporters will be required to keep records and submit annual records to the department of the environment.

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Written by Dr Paul Goodman, Principal Regulatory Consultant, Rina

Paul provides consultancy on global environmental and technical legislation including the EU RoHS, WEEE, and Eco-design directives and the REACH regulations. He assists many clients to determine their obligations and to deal with their implications. He regularly presents papers on regulatory compliance issues at international conferences. He has worked on several projects for the European Commission on the RoHS directive, Ecodesign and critical raw materials. He regularly advises the UK government on issues relating to electrical equipment and legislation and is a member of the EU RoHS Additional Substances Working Group. Paul is a chemist with expertise in materials used in electrical equipment and has carried out numerous investigations into a wide variety of reliability issues and failures of electronic equipment, has written reviews on electrical contacts and connectors, soldering, microelectronics and is a regular contributor to ERA Technology’s environmental newsletter “RE4view”.