Worldwide Environmental Initiatives
REACH is a European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2006). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemical substances and is administered by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA).
Datacard Group is aware of the requirements of REACH, the new European Union (EU) Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals and the dates by which various activities must be implemented. It is our intention to assist our customers and suppliers in full compliance with the legal requirements of REACH.
The ECHA published the first list of fifteen (15) substances of very high concern (SVHC) in October 2008. The list was updated in January 2010 to add another fourteen (14) substances and again in June 2010 to add another eight (8) substances. Datacard Group believes that its products do not contain any SVHC >0.1% by weight of the weight of each product. Further, in June 2009 the ECHA amended Annex XVII of REACH resulting in a consolidation of a number of existing restrictions that had been implemented as amendments to Directive 76/769/EEC. To the best of its knowledge, Datacard Group was in compliance with these regulations previously and remains complaint to the current Annex XVII restrictions.
Datacard Group is a United States based manufacturer of machines and systems used in the production of financial credit and debit cards and government security credentials. No formulating, compounding, mixing, production, melting, or other chemical change of plastic materials is performed by our company. As such, Datacard Group is classified as a downstream user under the REACH definitions and therefore we are not required to pre-register or register any products or formulations.
It is our intention to:
- Identify all substances within the products we sell, to the best of our ability, and encourage our suppliers (manufacturers or distributors) to register these substances with the ECHA and/or the proper EU authorities as required by REACH.
- Communicate sufficient information to relevant stakeholders in order to provide information on identified uses of the products we sell within the meaning of REACH.
- Work closely with our supply chain in order to minimize and manage any potential risks associated with CMR materials.
- Follow instructions on Safety Data Sheets and information provided on exposure scenarios.
- Provide our customers with information regarding hazards, risks and safe conditions of use of the products we sell via the manufacturers’ Material Safety Data Sheets.
This statement is provided for information purposes only and is not intended to create legal obligations between Datacard Group and the recipient of this statement.
If you have additional questions concerning Datacard Group’s position on REACH compliance, or any of the products that you purchase from our company, please contact us by phone at 952.933.1223 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
Datacard Group is in support of worldwide environmental initiatives designed to limit harmful substances in electronic and electrical equipment and implement appropriate methods of treatment, recovery and recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment through the European Union directives of Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).
The RoHS directive establishes a consistent set of restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances within each member state of the European Union. The directive contributes to the protection of human health and supports environmentally sound recovery and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment. More information on RoHS can be found at www.europa.eu.
A majority of our secure ID, card personalization systems and supplies are RoHS compliant. Download a declaration of conformity for any RoHS-compliant product here.
Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE)The WEEE directive is for European Union member countries and can vary by country and within countries. This directive concerns setting collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods. Additional information on WEEE can be found at www.europea.eu.
For information regarding product recycling in accordance with the WEEE directive contact Datacard Group at:
Attn: Mr. Andrew Matthews
Forum 3, Solent Business Park
Hampshire, PO15 7FH
Phone: +44 (0) 1489 555 600
Fax: + 44 (0) 1489 555 601