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Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Test Facility

 

 E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 and came into force with effective from the 1st October, 2016. These rules shall apply to every manufacturer, producer, consumer, bulk consumer, collection centres, dealers, e-retailer, refurbisher, dismantler and recycler involved in manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, collection, storage and processing of e-waste or electrical and electronic equipment listed in Schedule I, including their components, consumables, parts and spares which make the product operational.

Chapter -V of  E-waste (Management) Rules – 2016 deals with Restriction in the use of hazardous substances. Every producer of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and their components or consumables or parts or spares listed in Schedule - I shall ensure that, new EEE and their components or consumables or parts or spares do not contain Lead, Mercury, Hexavalent Chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers beyond a maximum concentration value of 0.1% by weight in homogenous materials and 0.01% by weight in homogenous materials for cadmium. As per the above rules, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is the nodal agency in the country to conduct random sampling of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) placed on the market and to verify their compliance.  

C-MET has established a state of the art facility at C-MET, Hyderabad. It is blessed with highly educated manpower with expertise in the field  and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as per IEC 62321 standard.  Established analytical tools include, Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (EDXRF), Atomic Absorption Spectrometer (AAS) with Hydride generator, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICPMS), Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer (GCMS), Ion-Chromatograph (IC), UV-Visible Spectrophotometer (UV-Visible), etc.  This test facility is accredited as per ISO 17025:2005 standard by National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL), Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, with certificate No: T-1780 in the field of chemical analysis of electronic materials (polymers, metals, etc.). In addition to NABL accreditation , C-MET is also having Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Govt. of India recognition for testing mercury levels in CFLs and Fluorescent Lamps (FLs) as per test method IS 15906.

As on date, this is the only such test facility in the country established with the with Govt. funding under the aegis of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY), Govt. of India. Due to this uniqueness, CPCB under MoEF&CC has signed an MoU with C-MET on 13th February 2017 to use the test facility for implementation of  e-waste (management) rules 2016 acts in the country.

Recently, C-MET has launched a program in the form of two day course and circulated relevant brochures to relevant organizations/individuals. It has also uploaded the same in C-METs website. The course covers preparation of homogenous samples from the material/product/system, standards preparation, analytical procedures, equipment used, safety precautions, data analysis, uncertainty calculations, etc. This will create awareness for the compliance of e-waste (management) rules 2016 / RoHS directive, on hazards of  e-waste and advantages to their business and environment of making their materials/ products/ systems/ equipment, e-waste (management) 2016 rules compliant. C-MET will continue this exercise in regular intervals for the benefit of MSMEs and individuals.

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