RoHS & WEEE

RoHS

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS – 2012 amended), originated in the EU and restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. After July 1st 2006 (amended 2nd January 2013), all applicable products in the EU market must pass RoHS compliance.

Specific hazardous materials which are under RoHS regulations include:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent chromium (CrVI)
  • Polybrominated biphenyles (PBB)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)

Here at Cablepoint we ensure that all the products we purchase for use in manufacture are RoHS compliant to the current evolution of RoHS (RoHS 2 Directive 2011/65/EU). This ensures that we, as a company, comply with EU regulations and that all products assembled by Cablepoint are RoHS compliant and safe to use.

WEEE

WEEE is the acronym for Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment – Directive 2013 No. 3113. This regulation mandates the treatment, recovery, and recycling of electric and electronic equipment. All applicable products in EU markets must pass the WEEE compliance and carry the “Wheelie Bin” sticker from August 13th 2006. Cablepoint also recognised the regulation update in January 2014.

Here at Cablepoint we have a specific procedure to follow in order to dispose of WEEE in the correct manner. All WEEE products that are generated are segregated and stored until we have a reasonable amount to dispose of. Once we reach this level of disposable produce, we contact our approved recycling provider and arrange the removal of the WEEE under the waste directives stated above.

CONFLICT MATERIALS STATEMENT

In response to violence and human rights violations in the mining of certain minerals from the “Conflict Region”, which is situated in the eastern portion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and surrounding countries, the UK has adopted rules to implement reporting and disclosure requirements related to “conflict minerals,” as directed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.

The UK is working with the international community to find practical and sustainable solutions to the issue of conflict minerals.

DFID (Department for International Development) are co-funding with the World Bank a major minerals sector reform programme (PROMINES). This will tighten up the regulation of the DRC minerals sector, improve conditions for mine workers, and increase tax revenues from mining.

The UK has also contributed to, supported and promoted the development, adoption and implementation of OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas. This voluntary guidance has been endorsed by the eleven member states of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) in the Lusaka Declaration adopted on 15 November 2010. We have also sought to ensure that UN guidance for individuals and entities trading, processing and consuming minerals from eastern DRC is complementary to the OECD Guidance to avoid unhelpful duplication.

The UK Bribery Act holds UK firms accountable for bribery, whether committed directly and on their behalf, in the UK or overseas.

The definition of “conflict minerals” refers to gold, as well as tin, tantalum, and tungsten,the derivatives of cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, and wolframite, regardless of where they are sourced, processed or sold. The DFID may designate other minerals in the future. We support the humanitarian goal of ending violent conflict in the DRC and surrounding countries.

We at Cablepoint are committed to the responsible sourcing of “conflict minerals” throughout our supply chain and to continuing to comply with the underlying SEC rules and regulations surrounding “conflict minerals”.