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Brazilian RoHS to be adopted

Brazil is currently preparing to adopt its own RoHS regulation (Restriction of Hazardous Substances). This regulation, which should align with the European RoHS directive, aims at regulating electronic and electric equipment.


What is at stake?

The draft regulation for Brazilian RoHS is also known as “RoHS brasileira”. Awaited for some time, it will regulate the presence of substances considered hazardous in electronic and electric equipment (EEE) and should harmonise the Brazilian legislation with the European RoHS directive.

The regulation, which is still only a draft and might therefore change, should cover the same substances as its European counterpart, that is:

  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Mercury
  • Hexavalent chromium
  • Polybrominated biphenyls
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
  • 4 phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP, and DIBP)

The scope of the policy should be the same as that of the European Union, but a major difference with the latter could be the inclusion of cars to the directive. In Europe, hazardous substances in cars are already covered by another regulation, which does not have any equivalent in Brazil. The country could therefore try to harmonise this aspect with the EU as well.

A welcomed regulation

This regulation has been expected by the sector’s representatives. The draft project was almost shelved by the Brazilian Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salle, but industrialists chose to press for its development in order to ensure the sector’s economic growth.

A secure and clear regulatory framework is beneficial for the economy, despite the difficulties small Brazilian companies will face to comply with these new rules.

The draft regulation should have its final version published in the second half of 2019, after being reviewed by the Brazilian national environment council (Conama).

Wish to know more on how to best prepare for Brazilian RoHS?

For more information, do not hesitate to contact our expert Christian Freneuil by phone: +33 1 83 64 20 54 for Europe or +1 (778) 234 1607 for North America or even by mail at [email protected].


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