Califorina RoHS, 2007 or 2009?

Recently there has been some talk that the CA legislation may not take effect until 2009.

The Californian Bill SB50 is due to take effect on 1 January 2007 emulating the RoHS ban on Cd, Hg, Pb, hex Cr (not flame retardants) for ‘covered’ electronic products i.e. …cathode ray tube, cathode ray tube device, flat panel screen, or any other similar video display device with a screen size that is greater than four inches in size measured diagonally and which the department determines, when discarded or disposed, would be a hazardous waste…

A good source of the background material for this legislation can be found here:

There is another Bill (AB2202) is proposed that will extend the scope of the regulation to mirror that of the EU RoHS i.e. extend coverage from items with screen size over 4inches to include all the same product categories as the EU version.

AB2202 is still being discussed. The original plan was for it to take effect from the same date as SB50 (Jan 2007) but recent amendments were proposed to delay the implementation date for the extension to all EU RoHS categories until 2009.

As of yet the web site does not mention anything about the law being delayed.

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Brian J. Toleno, Ph.D. is the Application Engineering Team Leader with Henkel in Irvine, California. He holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Penn State University and a B.S. in chemistry from Ursinus College. Prior to joining Henkel, Toleno managed the failure analysis laboratory at the Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility (EMPF). He is an active member of SMTA, served as the Program Chair for the 2005 IEMT and is active within the IPC, serving as the underfill handbook committee (J-STD-030) chairperson and co-chair of the Solder Paste Standards Committee (J-STD-005). Toleno has written a course on failure analysis for SMTA, has authored numerous publications for trade journals and peer reviewed publications, and written two chapters for electronic engineering handbooks on adhesives and materials.

4 thoughts on “Califorina RoHS, 2007 or 2009?

  1. I heard AB2202 had been passed through Lower House in California.
    Does anybody have the information about it?
    Is it true?


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