The REACH Regulation, EC 1907/2006, of the European Parliament went into effect June 1, 2007. REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) is a system for controlling chemicals in Europe. The regulation places the responsibility on industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances. A key element of the REACH Regulation is defined in Article 57 where substances fulfilling certain criteria can be identified as “substance of very high concern” (SVHC) and placed on the REACH SVHC list. This list is routinely updated. The latest list was published on June 25, 2020 and currently has 209 SVHC’s.
The European Union’s original RoHS Directive 2002/95/EU has been superseded with the recast RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU and is also known as RoHS 2 effective in January of 2013. This revision contained no changes to the original restricted materials and maximum concentrations. However, in June 2015 the EU commission published a new Directive 2015/863 to amend the RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU to include four (4) new restricted substances to the list. This directive has been identified as RoHS 3.
The Conflict Minerals Reporting Template is a standardized reporting template used to provide information through the supply chain regarding mineral country of origin and smelters and refiners being utilized. The “Conflict Minerals” are defined by the US legislation and include tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold.
California Proposition 65 refers to legislation, officially known as the “Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986”. Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about significant exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. This legislation requires that California OEHHA maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. The latest list was published October 27, 2017.
ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board is a non-governmental organization that provides accreditation services to CBs (this is the AB that accredits TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc.). ANAB is jointly owned by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ).