Finally, the electronics industry in North America is going to get a peek into the details of China’s RoHS legislation. The Chinese laws are due to hit on March 1 of next year, but so far the details of the legislation have been murky at best. This may change later in October when senior officials from the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry (MII) attend a conference in Silicon Valley. The American Electronics Association will hold a briefing for high tech companies on October 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at its Santa Clara, Calif. office. This will be the only public meeting the Chinese officials will attend during their visit to the United States.
The meeting will cover the following topics:
Compliance requirements of China’s RoHS
The differences between the EU RoHS and China’s RoHS
Mandatory pre-market testing and certification requirements
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