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The Vietnam RoHS regulation, Circular 30/2011/TT-BCT, came into effect as of December 1st, 2012.

Electronics Manufacturers Within the Vietnam RoHS Scope

Vietnam RoHS

The Vietnam RoHS details substance restrictions for which retailers, suppliers, producers, and manufacturers of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) must comply in order to engage in the Vietnamese market. Not all business-to-business (B2B), and business-to-consumer (B2C) products are within the scope. See the table below for a detailed list of applicable EEE.

Targeted Categories of EEE

Annex I of the EU RoHS lists the 11 different categories of EEE that the Directive covers. The categories covered by the Vietnamese RoHS are these same categories referenced 1 to 7, and 10. Categories 8 and 9 are not applicable under the Circular. The following are the categories to which the Vietnam RoHS applies.

 CategoryProduct Examples
1Large household appliancesRefrigerators, freezers, dryers, washers, stoves, dishwashers, air conditioners, etc.
2Small household appliancesVacuum cleaners, sewing machines, hairdryers, toasters, coffee makers, clocks, irons, etc.
3IT and telecommunications equipmentMinicomputers, copiers, personal computers, printers, satellite TV, cellular phones, antennas, cell tower equipment, etc.
4Consumer equipmentRadios, stereos, TVs, video cameras, DVD players, audio amps, etc.
5Lighting equipmentFluorescent lamps, lighting fixtures, halogen lamps, lightbulbs, high-/low-pressure sodium lamps, etc.
6Electrical and electronic toolsElectric drills, nail guns, power saws, sprayers, milling machines, lathes, lawnmowers, blowers, etc.
7Toys, leisure, and sports equipmentToy electric trains, treadmills, car racing sets, videogames, talking dolls, slot machines, etc.
10Automatic dispensersHot drink vending machines, vending machines, ATMs (automated teller machines), etc.

Integrating the RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU

The objective of the EU RoHS (Directive 2011/65/EU) is to restrict the use of certain hazardous substances in EEE. European directives such as this one are binding to the member states of the European Union. However, it is not uncommon for other countries to integrate EU directives into their own legislation. Vietnam is one of these countries that has adopted part of the EU RoHS Directive into their jurisdiction. This law is known as Circular 30/2011/TT-BCT.

Differences Between the EU and Vietnam RoHS

The specifics of the EU RoHS Directive can be found on our Europe RoHS Compliance page.

The Vietnamese RoHS follows in part the limitations of this directive. Only 6 of the 10 EU RoHS restricted substances are regulated in Vietnam. Namely: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

Substance NameEU RoHSVietnam RoHSConcentration Limit
Lead (Pb) and lead compoundsXX< 0.1% or 1000 ppm*
Cadmium (Cd) and cadmium compoundsXX< 0.01% or 100 ppm
Mercury (Me) and mercury compoundsXX< 0.1% or 1000 ppm
Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+) and hexavalent chromium compoundsXX< 0.1% or 1000 ppm
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)XX< 0.1% or 1000 ppm
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)XX< 0.1% or 1000 ppm
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) – CAS # 85-68-7XUnregulated< 0.1% or 1000 ppm
Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) – CAS # 84-74-2XUnregulated< 0.1% or 1000 ppm
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) – CAS # 117-81-7XUnregulated< 0.1% or 1000 ppm
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) – CAS # 84-69-5XUnregulated< 0.1% or 1000 ppm

*ppm: parts per million

Vietnam RoHS: Responsibilities of Manufacturers or Importers

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Similar to the EU RoHS, conformity is a self-declaration process. That is, once a product complies with the Circular 30/2011/TT-BCT regarding allowable limits of toxic substances, the information must be disclosed by the manufacturer. Self-declaration can be in one of the following forms:

  • On the website of the manufacturer/importer
  • In instruction documents (ex. manuals, instruction sheets)
  • Stored in electronic media (ex. CDs)
  • Directly written on the product or packaging

Implementing parts of the EU RoHS, as mentioned, is not uncommon in Asia. In fact, regulations such as China RoHS, Taiwan RoHS, Japan J-Moss, and Korea RoHS have also adopted restrictions against substances in EEE just like Vietnam.

Manufacturers should have enough evidence to demonstrate full compliance with RoHS.

For any assistance with RoHS, Enviropass is fully equipped to ensure you comply in Asia.