On the 1st of June Singapore’s Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) released S 263/2016 to amend the Second Schedule of the Environmental Protection and Management Act, prohibiting the use of six hazardous substances in EEE products. It will take effect on the 1st of June 2017. The substances it restricts are: cadmium and its compounds, hexavalent chromium, lead and its compounds, mercury and its compounds, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. It applies to a much narrower list of products: mobile phones, laptops, refrigerators, air conditioners, panel television sets and washing machines.
Batteries and accumulators, and products designed for industrial use only are excluded.