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The largest democracy voted the ‘E-waste (Management and Handling) Rules’ back in 2011. This India RoHS regulation addresses both the presence of hazardous substances (RoHS) in electronics as well as their waste (WEEE).

The Indian Environmental Management of Electronic products

The production, collecting, storage, transit, import, and export of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (EEE) are all governed by this law. This is to ensure that electronic trash is recycled, treated, and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. A chapter of the legislation also deals with reducing the use of hazardous substances in the production of EEE.

Although both WEEE and RoHS are combined under one regulation, their enactment was not simultaneous. The WEEE section came into force first on May 1st, 2012, the RoHS obligations started to apply on May 12th, 2013. As of 2 years after each date, the transition period – for achieving the restrictions set by the Rules – ended. Currently, reduction of these hazardous substances in EEE is obligatory for all who fall within the scope.

India RoHS

Therefore, if you manufacture or import electronic products in the Republic of India, then WEEE or RoHS obligations may apply, depending on the size of the Indian legal entity and the type of imported devices.

Comparison between India and EU RoHS

Same RoHS Principles

The following approaches apply to both markets:

  • Strategical equipment, for military and national defense, purposes are excluded from the scope;
  • Packaging and batteries are regulated separately and not within the RoHS scope;
  • The restriction thresholds apply at the homogeneous material level in both markets;
  • These thresholds are of 0.1% w/w for all restricted substances except for cadmium which is at a level of 0.01% w/w;
  • Exemptions apply to specific applications, such as lead contained in some metal alloys, glasses, or ceramics in certain electronic components.

Differences Between India and EU RoHS

India RoHS

European Union (EU) RoHS


  • Most IT and telecommunications equipment, except hard drives and other equipment for collecting, storing, processing, or transmitting information electronically
  • Some large household appliances, like air-conditioning units, refrigerators, and washing machines
  • Televisions

The EU RoHS scope is very broad one. It covers most consumer and professional electrical and electronic equipment

Excluded Businesses and Product Categories

  • Small-sized enterprises, specifically defined under the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006
  • Sub-assemblies or sub-parts within an exempted product category
  • Products that do not use electricity as a primary power source
  • Products that do not require the use of electricity to fulfill their primary function (e.g. talking toys)
  • Radioactive waste
  • No by-size business exclusions.
  • Out-of-scope products listed in article 2 of Directive 2011/65/EU

Legal Responsibility

  • Producers, distributors, importers
  • Collection centers, dismantlers, and recyclers of WEEE

Producers, distributors, importers

Restricted Substances

  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Lead and compounds
  • Mercury and compounds
  • Cadmium and compounds
  • BBPs
  • PBDEs



4 phthalates (BBP, DBP, DEHP, and DIBP)

India WEEE

The various stakeholders on the recycling of electronics must be registered and authorized by the Indian governmental authorities. Permit revisions and e-waste storage restrictions apply.

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