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Asia-Pacific Take Back Regulations

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as defined by the OECD is "an environmental policy approach in which a producer's responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product's life cycle." This concept has been extended to many products such as batteries, oil, and electronic products through "take back" regulations. These regulations require manufacturers to collect used household electronics for recycling and/or recovery.


The Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products (ACPEIP) became effective March 1, 2007. The regulation was previously also known as the RPCEP (Regulation for Pollution Control of Electronic Products). It regulates the same substances as the original EU RoHS standard and requires the marking of regulated products and must be in the prescribed format in Chinese.

Japan RoHS

The Law for the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources was passed in 2000 as an update of the 1991 Recycling Promotion Law. The law seeks to "establish a sustainable society based on reduction, reuse, and recycling." While it combines the restrictions and similar recycling requirements to EU RoHS and WEEE, it is more comprehensive. The regulation is applicable to electrical and electronic equipment.

South Korea RoHS

The Act for Resource Recycling of Electrical and Electronic Equipment was adopted on April 2, 2007. The Act covers all equipment or devices operated by electrical equipment. In addition to provisions similar to the restrictions and recycling requirements of the EU RoHS and WEEE, the Act also includes "design for the environment" requirements in the design and manufacture of regulated products.


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