We at MEGASTAR ELECTRONICS understand the complexity of the supply chain of our materials and committed to continue to ensure that the products we provide, protect human health and meet environmental regulatory policies; ranging from Lead-free or RoHS, REACH, WEEE, Conflict Minerals and others. MEGASTAR ELECTRONICS continues to work with our manufacturers to keep you informed of changes resulting from these and other initiatives.
Conflict Minerals, RoHS, REACH and WEEE
Pursuant to U.S. Congress HR 4173, specifically with regard to section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the term "conflict mineral" is defined as four specific minerals (tin, gold, tantalum, tungsten), or any other mineral or its derivatives determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be used to finance conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or any adjoining country. Sales of these minerals originating in the DRC have helped fund conflicts contributing to a humanitarian situation in the region. As a result of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 now includes requirements for disclosures by manufacturers relating to conflict minerals originating in the DRC.
As an electronic component distributor, MEGASTAR ELECTRONICS relies on our authorized manufacturers to provide pertinent information for the mineral originations. MEGASTAR ELECTRONICS is committed to continue monitoring the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission's reporting requirements.
In an effort to reduce the use of hazardous material in electronic equipment as well as allow for additional recycling opportunities for these products, in 2003 the European Union (EU) implemented a Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and a directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). In June of 2007, the EU formally instituted REACH regulations controlling chemicals in Europe.
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
RoHS is the European Union's Directive 2002/95/EC of January 27, 2003, regarding the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The directive compels members of the EU to write and implement legislation that supports the directive. EU members must be compliant no later than July 1, 2006. The directive limits the allowable amounts of six hazardous substances in EEE products marketed in the EU. These substances are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, certain brominated flame retardants (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Nothing in recent history has challenged the distribution of electronic components more than the European Union's directive on this restriction of hazardous substances.
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
WEEE represents the EU Directive 2002/96/EC of January 27, 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and is aimed at reducing the hazardous material content in electronic products as well as increasing recycling efforts for these products.
REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)
REACH is an expansive set of European Union regulations that affects all industries doing business in the EU. It basically puts the responsibility for chemical safety on the manufacturers of those chemicals, and brings the EU under one unified set of regulations. An important objective of these regulations is to encourage, and in certain situations, ensure chemicals of high concern are replaced with less dangerous chemicals or eliminated.
The following candidate list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) for compliance per the EU “REACH” requirements might be varied or updated due to different opinions from EU Committee
members or market and published on the following website address:
Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for Authorisation