EPCOS now offers its customers an on-line service to help them comply with the requirements of China’s new law on hazardous substances in electronic products. China RoHS, officially the Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products (ACPEIP), regulates products containing any of six hazardous substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls or polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Through the new facility customers can download a comprehensive Excel table indicating which of the six substances are contained in all of its products.

Beginning 1 March 2007, when ACPEIP goes into effect, manufacturers of electronic information products must clearly label their products if they contain the listed substances. EPCOS’ web site, which is to be continually updated, features background information on labeling requirements and a summary of the ACPEIP, as well as links to the Ministry of Information Industry of the People’s Republic of China (in Chinese), the German Electronic Manufacturers Association (ZVEI) and the American Electronics Association (AEA).

As an industry leader in environmental protection, EPCOS actively participates in a wide range of relevant industry, national and international working groups and committees. Gerd Schulz, head of environmental protection at EPCOS, commented, “We’re working proactively to create efficient standardized processes to ensure compliance with legal requirements. Based on our experience with European Union RoHS, we aim to provide our customers with reliable orientation in this complex field.”

To find out more, visit: www.epcos.com.