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Endress+Hauser is committed to compliance with all relevant laws and regulations including the common directives for material and substances. Find the statements below.
The RoHS directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) governs the use and marketing of hazardous substances in electric and electronic components. The goal is to restrict the use of hazardous substances in new electric and electronic devices in Europe.
China RoHS, officially known as Administrative Measure on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products, is a Chinese government regulation to control certain materials, including lead. All products delivered to China must be labeled according to the requirements of this guideline.
Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 governs the registration, evaluation, authorization, restriction of chemicals in the European Union. It essentially encompasses the requirement for manufacturers or importers to register materials with the central European Chemical Agency and notify it if products contain substances of very high concern (SVHC).
Since 2021, manufacturers must place information regarding SVHC in the central SCIP database by ECHA.
The 2012/2019 EU WEEE directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is designed to prevent and reduce waste from electric and electronic devices through recycling and other similar measures. This guideline sets minimum standards for handling of used electric and electronic devices in the EU.
The 2009 Hong Kong Convention (Hong Kong International Convention for the safe and environmentally sound recycling of ships – HKC) is an international agreement regarding the environmentally friendly recycling of ships and the provision of safe working conditions in the demolition shipyards and operations. The corresponding EU regulation 1257/2013 requires suppliers of ship equipment to identify hazardous materials and submit a formal materials declaration.
California Proposition 65 (The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – CP65) is a California law passed in 1986. It was created to protect drinking water sources from toxic substances that can cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. Products marketed in California must carry a warning regarding relevant chemicals they contain.
Asbestos is an overall description for various naturally occurring silicate minerals used to manufacture, for example, construction, insulation or fire-protection materials. Because asbestos fibers are a serious health risk, asbestos is banned in many countries today.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are organic chlorine compounds widely used in the past as dielectric and coolant fluids in electrical devices. Given that they are poisonous and carcinogenic, PCBs are categorized as persistent organic harmful substances under the Stockholm Convention and are banned worldwide.
Regulation (EU) 528/2012 governs the use and marketing of biocidal products (BPR) in the European Union. Its objective is to ensure a high degree of protection for human health and the environment.
PBTs are chemical substances characterized by persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity. The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) gives the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate how such chemicals are handled. Only substances listed in the TSCA directory may be imported into the United States.
PFASs are a large class of thousands of synthetic chemicals that are widely used throughout society and found in the environment. They all contain carbon-fluorine bonds, which are one of the strongest chemical bonds in organic chemistry. This means that they resist degradation when used and also in the environment.
In response to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2012 the United States passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act, Article 1502), which requires companies under regulation of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to avoid raw materials from conflict regions. Endress+Hauser helps its customers fulfill their reporting requirements.
The safe use of products and materials in drinking water is governed by national regulations and guidelines. In order to review and assess the stringent product migration and microbiology requirements, periodic quality assurance tests are carried out. Drinking water conformities attest to compliance with the relevant national regulations.
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