Planning for Success in China: Understanding the Key Product-related ESH Regulations Such as China RoHS

Ferris, Jr, Richard J. (Tad)
(Holland & Knight LLP)

In China, the number of regulatory programs affecting the semiconductor and other high-technology industry sectors continues to grow. Over the past year, Chinese authorities engaged in the development of rules which involve electronic information product substance restriction and related information disclosure, electrical and electronic equipment take-back and recycling, materials reuse and recovery, energy efficiency, manufacturing facility pollution control, green procurement, and used equipment import and export restriction. The growth of such programs has been portrayed as a challenge. Indeed, characteristics of the Chinese regulatory system such as overlapping agency authorities, limited transparency, phased implementation of rules, and a reluctance to reflect interpretive details in written documents contribute to this portrayal. A deeper understanding of the Chinese rulemaking system, priorities, and practices can minimize challenges. Indeed, as this keynote will address, a proactive approach to addressing such developments and the responsible Chinese officials is increasingly critical to success in the China market.

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