RoHS 2 Directive (2011/65/EU) Directive 2011/65/EU was passed into law on 21 July 2011. The Directive is a recast of the current Restriction of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS 1) Directive that was passed into law by the European Union (EU) in 2003. The recast addresses the same elements from the 2003 Directive: lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chrome, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). However, the scope now includes the assessment of new hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). RoHS 2 is mainly aimed at developing better regulatory conditions and increasing the level of legal clarity. It also provides for a gradual extension of the RoHS requirements to all EEE, cables and spare parts with a view to full compliance by 22 July 2019. RoHS 2 also includes marking (CE marking) and declaration of conformity requirements. RoHS 2 comes into effect on 2 January 2013.
Kingston has worked diligently to ensure that all of Kingston’s products and their packaging materials sold to Europe are fully RoHS 2-compliant. A Declaration of RoHS 2 Compliance can be provided upon request.
If you have questions regarding the RoHS compliance of our products, please contact your distributor or reseller.
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, EC 1907/2006) is the European Union’s chemical regulation that came into force on 1 June 2007 and will be phased in over an 11-year period (until 2018). Kingston does not produce, import or supply any substances subject to this provision and Kingston abides by all restriction requirements provided in Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation. Kingston supports the basic objective of REACH to further improve the European Union’s chemicals regulatory system, including the intent to advance public health and safety and protect the environment.
EU manufacturers and importers are required to register chemical substances they produce or import in quantities over 1 ton per year. As Kingston has offices in Europe, we recognized our obligation as defined in REACH and pre-registered the chemicals in our products that met the criteria set by ECHA. Kingston does not produce or import chemicals into the EU; therefore, Kingston has no further obligations for registration at this time.
Suppliers of articles must provide recipients with information on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) if those are present above a concentration limit of 0.1% on an article level. SVHC will be defined through the list of candidate substances for authorization that will be produced by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
SVHC candidate lists have been published that currently include 161 substances. Kingston products have been reviewed for SVHC at the article level and no SVHC are present above the concentration limit of 0.1% (by weight).
Kingston will continue to review the SVHC candidate lists that are released by ECHA for additional substances. Our customers and the European Chemicals Agency will be notified of any changes, if applicable, to comply with this and any future REACH requirements.
Declaration of Conformity — PFOS Restriction for Environment Protection
Kingston Technology does not use Perfluorooctyl Sulfonates (PFOS) in any of its manufacturing processes.
A limited number of wafer fabrication operations of Kingston’s die component suppliers use PFOS in some critical applications in the photoresist coatings of their photolithography process of wafer manufacturing. However, such uses are within the exemptions provided for photolithography processing in accordance to EU Directive 2006/122/ECOF restricting the use of PFOS.
Based on the supporting data provided by Kingston’s suppliers, our understanding is that PFOS does not remain in the product of any manufactured die components supplied to us, and PFOS is not contained in any Kingston product.
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) applies to companies that manufacture, sell, and distribute electrical and electronic equipment in the E.U. It covers a wide range of large and small household appliances, IT equipment, radio and audio equipment, electrical tools, telecommunications equipment, electrical toys, etc.
The Directive aims to reduce the waste arising from electrical and electronic equipment and improve the environmental performance of everything involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment. This is translated into the following requirements:
Producers (manufacturers or importers) of electrical and electronic equipment will be required to register in their countries.
Private households will be able to return their WEEE to collection facilities free of charge and producers will be responsible for financing these facilities.
Producers will be required to achieve a series of demanding recycling and recovery targets.
Producers will be required to mark their products with the ‘crossed out wheeled bin’.
This symbol indicates that the equipment carrying this mark must NOT be thrown into general waste but should be collected separately and properly processed under local regulations.
The WEEE directive has been transposed into each EU member state’s legislation and so the exact timing and details will vary slightly from country to country, but the above principles will apply. In particular, the arrangements for the separate collection of WEEE will vary in each country but might include for example: public collection points, retailers take back schemes, collection from households, etc. The Directive encourages reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery in order to prevent WEEE. Users of electrical and electronic equipment in the E.U. can therefore play an important role in reducing WEEE and helping the environment by separating out WEEE and disposing of it properly. Consumers can ask the supplier from whom they purchased the Electronic & Electrical equipment from about local arrangements for the disposal of WEEE.
Business users are advised to ensure that WEEE, which is not suitable for reuse or recycling, be disposed of properly via approved authorised treatment facilities. The Producer in your country may be able to assist you.
In the U.K., The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 3289) were laid before parliament in December 2006. Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP and Kingston Digital Europe Co LLP have registered with UK compliance schemes in order to discharge their obligations as producers in the U.K., which arise as a result of their importing EEE products into the UK. The UK EEE producer registration numbers for each company are: Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP WEE/FA4113VU and Kingston Digital Europe Co LLP WEE/EJ4112VT. However, please be aware these U.K. EEE producer registrations will only provide compliance for EEE products purchased via Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP and Kingston Digital Europe Co LLP in the U.K. and which remain in the U.K. Any person who is responsible for importing any Kingston products into any EU member state (or other country) will have to ensure that they comply with any WEEE or other laws applicable in their country.
Kingston is dedicated to minimizing the impact our products have on the environment and to comply with the WEEE Directive.
In general re-use & recycling of EEE is preferable to disposal. If disposal is necessary then this should only be undertaken by an approved authorized treatment facility (“AATF”). Any AATF in Europe requiring further information on Kingston’s products are advised to contact the Compliance Officer at Kingston Technology Europe Co LLP / Kingston Digital Europe Co LLP.
Please do not dispose of your electrical or battery containing product waste with your normal household waste. Electronic products must be disposed of responsibly to minimize the environmental impact. Please do not try to remove the battery from the product; it may only be removed by Kingston or a professional service provider.
Please contact us for more information on the battery and how to recycle the product responsibly.