RoHS & WEEE & Directives
As a leading company in our sector, you can be sure that we will not introduce any products to market which do not meet with relevant guidelines and laws. Similarly, we ensure all our business operations conform to European and national specifications, regulations and laws.
Requirements of RoHS2 Directives:
As of July 1st 2006, non-RoHS compatible CE products may no longer be brought to market. The EU’s RoHS Directive came into effect on January 2, 2013. This directive, among other things, regulates the transition period of RoHS exempt products. It definitively includes cables.
For all products within the scope of RoHS2 brought to market after July 1st 2006, we guarantee to our customers that, to the best of our knowledge, we have and will exclusively manufacture and introduce to market RoHS compatible products. For all products introduced after January 2nd, 2013, we offer a CE Declaration of Conformity which is available to you upon request and which covers the RoHS conformity.
Since a complete, analytical RoHS compliance review of all components and parts from all suppliers for each individual production run is almost completely impossible, the information we provide is based on our confidence in our suppliers and their RoHS declaration of conformity as well as on the RoHS test laboratory reports.
Please note that, for legal reasons, we have not released anything regarding this assurance exceeding the general RoHS declaration of conformity.
About the WEEE Directives:
What is WEEE?
New legislation introduced in the UK is intended to address the problems our environment faces with regards to waste electrical and electronic equipment commonly known as (WEEE).
How to identify WEEE?
Look for the crossed out wheelie bin logo on your goods, it means that the product is covered by the WEEE regulations and must be disposed of in a responsible manner.
What should you do with your old and broken WEEE products?
When you have finished with a WEEE product, please do not put it in your domestic waste bin as it will not be recycled. Lindy and our customers can help the environment by recycling old electrical and electronic equipment.
How to recycle your WEEE?
Lindy operates a like for like take back scheme, which means we will dispose of your WEEE waste product in an environmentally responsible manner at no cost to you. You must make sure that the product you return is clean and safe – i.e. no broken glass or sharp edges. We reserve the right to refuse products that are not presented in a clean and safe manner.
Because we operate business to consumer via our website it will be necessary for you to post the item back to us. Simply contact us quoting your new purchase order number and a description of the item to be recycled by either telephoning our WEEE returns department on 01642 754040 or by e-mailing email@example.com. We can then make sure that the product you intend to return is suitable for recycling.
If you are purchasing a new product from our sales counter you can simply return your WEEE waste product at the same time.
Lindy Electronics UK is a registered producer under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (2002/96/EC) with registration number WEE/EK0085VZ
REACH Directive – Chemicals Regulation
The EU chemicals regulation REACH stipulates information obligations if certain SVHC substances – Substances of Very High Concern – are present in articles in concentrations higher than 0.1% by weight. For finished products, REACH does not define a sales ban, but only an obligation to provide information to the supply chain.
When we obtain specific product-related information that these thresholds are exceeded, we inform the supply chain in our invoices, delivery notes and order confirmations and on our product websites for the products concerned, in accordance with the REACH regulations. And we ensure that the limit values are complied with in the future.
General note: In practice, it should not be assumed that the quality of raw materials and components supplied by suppliers remains identical from batch to batch for cables produced in China. It should also be noted that REACH SVHC substances are only banned in Europe, but not in the US or other major global markets. Therefore, we would like to point out that individual batches of PVC cables may contain SVHC substances in concentrations slightly higher than 0.1% despite the contrary declaration of suppliers. This can be especially the case for some of the following materials typically found in PVC cables, such as:
- PVC plasticizer, softener, i.e. DEHP, CAS No. 117-81-7
- Phthalates (plasticizer, flame retardant)
This general note also applies to cables permanently attached to equipment or supplied with equipment, especially if these are PVC cables. It normally does not apply to halogen-free cables.
All manufacturers are reliant on trusting declarations and laboratory reports from their suppliers – measurement of each delivery batch is not feasible for cost and time reasons. In addition, LINDY goes beyond industrial standards and regularly carries out own random laboratory REACH and RoHS tests to assess the reliability of its suppliers and to ensure compliance for LINDY products. As a complete verification is not possible, we are not in a position to issue individual REACH declarations on products that go beyond this statement, among others on account of legal reasons.
Since June 2018 the REACH SVHC list contains 191 substances and substance classes. https://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table
This list is revised twice a year and extended by further substances. A transitional period of 6 months applies to the added substances.
RoHS Note: The RoHS conformity must be declared for each WEEE product sold in Europe by a CE declaration of conformity since January 2013. This product-related CE declaration of conformity is available on request.
The expert opinion of Lindy-Elektronik GmbH [a limited liability company], and Lindy International Ltd. on the use of conflict materials
The American (Dodd-Frank Act) Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has been in effect since July 2010. First and foremost, this reform serves the US financial market rights. It details the disclosure and reporting obligations for companies publicly traded in the US regarding the use of certain raw materials which originate from the Democratic Republic of Congo or their neighbouring nations. These “conflict materials,” are tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten. The goal is to contain the handling of “conflict materials” which originate from the mines in these countries and the financing of the local armed conflicts. These disclosure obligations must first take place by May 31, 2014 for products which were manufactured in the year 2013.
LINDY-Elektronik GmbH, Lindy Electronics Ltd and Lindy International Ltd. are not subject to the registration and disclosure obligations of the Dodd-Frank Act.
Even so, we are striving to support our customers directly affected by the Dodd-Frank Act. At the moment, it is not possible for us to make a practical statement due to complex supply chains; nevertheless, we are concerned about fair handling with our suppliers.
Furthermore, a decision of the Federal Court of Justice of the District of Columbia has existed since April 14, 2014 which nullifies a portion of the “Security and Exchange Commission” regulation on disclosure obligations (opinion of the court)
The impact the decision will have on the demands and the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act and, consequently, on indirectly affected European companies have yet to be seen.
Therefore, we appreciate your understanding that in this current situation we have not filled out a questionnaire or are able to complete entries in the corresponding customer portal. We ensure you that we will earnestly pursue this topic further and will remain in contact.
Modern Slavery Act 2015: Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
On October 29th 2015 the Modern Slavery Act 2015 came in to effect introducing a number of measures to combat slavery and human trafficking. In addition to creating new criminal offences, powers of enforcement and measures to protect victims, it introduces requirements intended to eliminate slavery and trafficking in global supply chains.
Despite not directly falling within the scope of this legislation, based on the turnover threshold, Lindy Electronics LTD still aims to comply with the Modern Slavery Act. Lindy Electronics LTD is committed to understanding all potential modern slavery risks