Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive 2011/65/EU
Pace ensures that all products satisfy the requirements of the directive through:
- self‑certification of individual components by manufacturers;
- maintaining a current database of RoHS compliant components available for specification;
- sample checking by manufacturers utilising emission dispersive X‑ray spectrometer (ED XRF) technology to identify non‑compliant components;
- random auditing of factories to ensure requisite operating processes are followed; and
- random sampling of products by accredited third party laboratories.
The RoHS regulations state that a company must prove that they have taken all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid committing an offence. Pace believes that these compliance processes are robust; however, as an added measure, they are continually monitored and reviewed via a detailed audit process to ensure their continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness.
WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU
Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, brand owners, importers and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) are required to finance the collection, treatment, recovery and appropriate disposal of EEE at its end of life. The primary responsibility for the collection and recycling of WEEE rests with the producer of electrical and electronic equipment. In some countries, the definition of the term producer includes those who import equipment on a professional basis.
In most cases our customers take responsibility obligation for WEE compliance but where Pace has the obligation, Pace holds membership of recognised compliance schemes e.g. Landbell AG in Germany.
Participation in these schemes ensures that Pace fulfils its obligations under the WEEE Regulations.
REACH Regulation EC 1907/2006
REACH is an EU regulation concerning the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. It came into force on 1 June 2007 and replaced a number of European directives and regulations with a single system.
REACH has several aims:
- to provide a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the use of chemicals;
- to make the people who place chemicals on the market (manufacturers and importers) responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use);
- to allow the free movement of substances on the EU market;
- to enhance innovation in and the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry; and
- to promote the use of alternative methods for the assessment of the hazardous properties of substances.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) regularly publishes and updates a list of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) for inclusion under REACH. Pace requires all of its component suppliers to declare the presence of any SVHCs in their components above a threshold of 0.1%. This enables Pace to monitor and control SVHCs from its products.
ErP Directive 2009/125/EC
The ErP (Energy‑related Products) Directive is a European framework directive that seeks to minimise the environmental impact of products. The consumer electronics industry focuses principally on energy usage, with Regulation 1275/2008 Ecodesign requirements for standby and off mode electric power consumption of electrical and electronic household and office equipment. Regulation 1275/2008 has recently been amended by regulation 801/2013 to include under its scope network standby requirements. The amendment comes into effect from 1 January 2015 and Pace will be reporting standby figures for networking products in the 2015 environmental report.
Californian Appliance Efficiency regulations
All Pace products falling under the scope of the regulations fully meet the requirements.