Manufacturers and importers to the Indian and Turkish electronics industries are facing ever greater challenges, with new regulations now in effect regarding market surveillance for e-waste laws and hazardous substances standards.

It has often proved challenging for the Indian government to provide effective surveillance to regulate electronic waste and hazardous substances due to the sheer size of the market place.

In 2009, over 19,000 tonnes of electronic waste was generated in Mumbai alone and the Indian government has made the implementation of its e-waste and hazardous substances regulations one of its top priorities.

A draft notification was proposed by the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests of its E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, in May, 2010. This proposal aimed to create an effective mechanism to supervise the generation, collection, storage, transportation, import and export of EEE. A further chapter was included on reducing the amount of hazardous substances used in EEE manufacturing.

Consultations took place that resulted in the publication of the new E-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011. These rules entered into effect on 1st May 2012. As with the EU WEEE and RoHS Directives, the Indian E-waste Rules 2011 focus on two primary areas. Firstly they limit the use of 20 substances in EEE for sale in India, and additionally ban several substances, including some flame retardants, which currently have no viable alternatives.

Turkey – intensified market surveillance
Turkish Customs officers have intensified checks of EEE imported to Turkey and are increasingly denying entry to products that are not accompanied by all the required documentation. Typically all consumer EEE destined for the Turkish market needs to be accompanied by its CE declaration of conformity, as well as LVD and EMC test reports. Products must strictly follow the applicable CE marking rules.

The Turkish Industry Ministry has intensified its market surveillance and as of this year the ministry is randomly collecting E&E products already on sale and submitting them to testing.

Product failures can prove costly to business as manufacturers and importers face being fined for non-compliance to the specific standards and their products withdrawn.

CE declaration of conformity is also mandatory for all gas appliances and all the applicable tests have to be performed by authorised third party labs that have worldwide recognised authorisation numbers.

The Turkish government has intensified its efforts to assist local manufacturers through the provision of greater market surveillance and added support in achieving compliance with ecodesign norms and other EU legislations. The ELEEN project, which SGS Turkey is a partner to, allows the government to offer economic advantages to home grown manufacturers,

SGS assists business by facilitating quick market access in India and Turkey, as well as on any other market worldwide.