Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS Directive)
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC (abbreviated as RoHS) is an environmental directive adopted by the European Union in February 2003 and took effect on July 1, 2006. The directive restricts the use of hazardous materials in the manufacture of various equipment with working voltage of less than 1000V AC or 1500V DC. Starting July 1, 2006, the RoHS Directive stipulates that electronic and electrical equipment sold to the EU market shall not contain lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and other hazardous materials.
On July 1, 2011, the European Union officially issued the revised version of the RoHS directive (2011/65/EU), commonly known as RoHS 2.0, which officially replaced the old directive (2002/95/EC) on January 3, 2013. The six controlled substance listed in the Directive include lead (Pb ), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr 6 +), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
On June 4, 2015, the EU commission published a new Directive (EU) 2015/863 to add phthalates (DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP) onto the list of restricted substances, which came into effect on July 22, 2019, Combined 6 controlled substances in 2011/65/EU, a total of 10 substances, the general name is still RoHS 2.0.
On 4 June 2015, the EU commission has published a new Directive (EU) 2015/863 to amend Annex II to EU RoHS 2 (Directive 2011/65/EU) to add the following 4 phthalates onto the list of restricted substances.
Since the announcement of the RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC), IBASE Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as IBASE Technology) has completed raw materials and process conversion for RoHS compliance. IBASE Technology shall take action in advance to ensure that its products meet the relevant requirements before newly revised directives take effect.
List of RoHS 10 Restricted Substances
Polybrominated diphenyl ether
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
Butyl phthalate benzyl ester
European Chemicals Management Policy (REACH)
REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals. It is a European Union (EU) legislation that applies to chemical substances entering the EU market entered into force on June 1, 2007and is managed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
The REACH legislation aims to improve protection of human health and environment from the risks posed by the use of chemicals and to enhance innovation and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It promotes alternative methods of substance hazard assessment to avoid unnecessary testing on animals. Substances, mixtures and articles must be in compliance with REACH regulations and registered with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) when required. Substances, mixtures and finished products that do not comply with the regulations are not allowed to enter EU market.
Registration is required for individual substances, substances in mixtures and certain substances in articles with production and import volume to the European Union (EU) that is greater than one ton per year. Manufacturers and importers must register with the European Chemicals Agency and submit a registration dossier. A chemical safety report (CSR) is required for all substances subject to registration in quantities of 10 tons a year or more.
Restricted substances (in substances, mixtures and finished products) are substances that are restricted or prohibited from being manufactured, used or place on the EU market.
For substances which are included on the Authorization List (Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation), it specifies a licensing system for them to be used or placed on the market in the EU.
Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)
Certain substances that could cause serious or irreversible effects on human health or the environment can be identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). The criteria for the identification of SVHCs:
- Substances classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR) category 1A or 1B under CLP regulations.
- Substances that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) or very bioaccumulative (vPvB) according to REACH Annex XIII.
- Substances that raise the same level of concern as CMR or PBT/vPvB substances.
- For the REACH High Concern Candidate List of Authorized Substances (Candidate List / SVHC List), please refer to the following ECHA official website link: https://echa.europa.eu/candidate-list-table
- For the REACH Authorization List, please refer to the following ECHA official website link: https://echa.europa.eu/authorisation-list
- For the list of substances restricted under REACH, please refer to the following link on the ECHA official website: https://echa.europa.eu/substances-restricted-under-reach
Mining is an intensive process involving potential social and environmental risks that, if not managed properly, can have lasting negative impacts. A growing body of research suggests that these risks are associated with a variety of metals and minerals that extend beyond tantalum (Ta), tin (Sn), gold (Au), tungsten (W) (3TG) and cobalt (Co).
Since 2010, many companies have been required to exercise due diligence on their supply chains for tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (3TG). The United States Dodd-Frank Wall Street Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502 (Dodd-Frank Act), as well as the Regulation (EU) 2017 / 821 of the European Parliament and of the Council (EU Regulation) require companies to map their supply chains, identify, assess and mitigate risks as well as report publicly on the actions and outcomes of their due diligence.
IBASE Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as IBASE Technology) hereby declares to do its best to investigate and ensure that its supply chain for the materials tantalum (Ta), tin (Sn), gold (Au), tungsten (W) and cobalt (Co) are not from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighbors.
According to the information provided by the supply chain, IBASE Technology has no knowledge of conflict minerals or its derivatives coming from the conflict area formed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its neighboring countries. IBASE Technology requires its suppliers to certify that their products and materials do not use minerals sourced from conflict areas.
IBASE Technology declares and promises not to accept the use of minerals from conflict mining areas. At the same time, the suppliers of IBASE Technology are also required to:
- Not to use conflict minerals including tantalum (Ta), tin (Sn), gold (Au), tungsten (W) and cobalt (Co) from the conflict zone formed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and its adjoining countries.
- To trace the source of tantalum (Ta), tin (Sn), gold (Au), tungsten (W) and cobalt (Co) contained in all products.
- To communicate this requirement to their upstream suppliers.
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