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RoHS, WEEE and REACH Compliance

The purpose of this page is to present information on the objectives of the RoHS, WEEE, REACH and Conflict Minerals Directives and who, among the manufacturers we support, are actively pursuing compliance.

RoHS Compliance

The RoHS Directive will ban placement into the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than designated maximum allowable levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants, effective July 1, 2006.

RoHS works in conjunction with the EU WEEE Directive. RoHS supports WEEE by reducing the amount of hazardous chemicals used in production.  In turn it reduces the risk of exposure to recycling staff as well as reduction in recycling costs.  Manufacturers will need to ensure that their products, parts and components comply with RoHS in order to be distributed and sold in the EU. Reference RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC.


Substances Restricted by RoHS

From 1st July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market in the European Union shall not contain substances known to be harmful to humans and animal life:

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Hexavalent chromium (VI) (Cr (VI)
  • Certain brominated flame retardants (BFR's)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB's)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE's)

The Maximum Concentration Values are 0.1% by weight (1000 ppm) in “homogeneous materials” for lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenylethers, and 0.01% by weight (100ppm) for cadmium. These limits will apply to all components within the equipment, unless otherwise exempt.



WEEE Compliance

The European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) applies to a wide range of electronic and electrical products. WEEE encourages the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. WEEE makes producers and importers responsible for financing of the collection, treatment and recovery of WEEE. Reference: The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive 2002/96/EC, as amended by 2003/108/EC. 


WEEE Product Scope

The following product categories are affected by WEEE:

  • Large Household Appliances
  • Small Household Appliances
  • IT and Telecommunications Equipment
  • Consumer Equipment
  • Lighting Equipment
  • Electronic and Electrical tools
  • Toys, Leisure, and Sport Equipment
  • Medical Devices
  • Monitoring and Control Instruments
  • Automatic Dispensers

The national governments are in the pursuit of clarifying the breadth of these categories.  Further updates will be published as it is received. 

The following products are either not included, exempt or out of scope of WEEE:

  • Implanted and Infected Products
  • Large Scale Stationary Industrial Tools
  • Military Products
  • Automotive Products
  • Aerospace/Aircraft Products
  • Surface Transportation Products


REACH Compliance

REACH is the Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force by the European Union (EU) on June 1st, 2007. The main aims of REACH are to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the promotion of alternative test methods, the free circulation of substances on the internal market and enhancing competitiveness and innovation.

All manufacturers and importers of chemicals must identify and manage risks linked to the substances they manufacture and market. For substances manufactured or imported in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year per company, manufacturers and importers need to demonstrate that they have appropriately done so by means of a registration dossier, which must be submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

  • The Agency checks that the registration dossier complies with the Regulation.
  • Authorities may also select substances for a broader substance evaluation to further investigate substances of concern.
  • REACH also foresees an authorization system aiming to ensure that substances of very high concern are properly controlled, and progressively replaced by suitable alternative substances or technologies where these are economically and technically viable.
  • EU authorities may impose restrictions on the manufacture, use or placing on the market of substances causing an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.

Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern for Authorization



Conflict Minerals

In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act, which directs the Commission to issue rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals if those minerals are “necessary to the functionality or production of a product” manufactured by those companies. Under the Act, those minerals include tantalum, tin, gold or tungsten.

Congress enacted Section 1502 of the Act because of concerns that the exploitation and trade of conflict minerals by armed groups is helping to finance conflict in the DRC region and is contributing to an emergency humanitarian crisis. Section 1502 of the Act amends the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 to add Section 13(p).

A company that uses any of the designated minerals is required to conduct a reasonable ‘country of origin’ inquiry that must be performed in good faith and be reasonably designed to determine whether any of its minerals originated in the covered countries or are from scrap or recycled sources.

Steven Engineering is aware of the conflict mineral reporting obligations legislated by Section 1502 of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and we are committed to helping our customers comply with these reporting requirements.

As a distributor of electronic, electrical, electromechanical (EEE), and related components, we do not design, manufacture, or control the content of any products. Therefore, we rely upon our manufacturer partners to advise as to the conflict mineral status of the products we distribute.

Because Steven Engineering does not control the material content of the products we sell, Steven Engineering cannot complete web links, spreadsheets, and/or sign off on customer letters or documents due to related liability issues. However, we will help in supporting our customers by directing you to the manufacturer's site regarding their position on conflict mineral reporting.

Shown below are a list of several manufacturer's conflict minerals compliance statements. Please review the information.



Steven Engineering Suppliers

Steven Engineering wants to inform you about exactly what suppliers are doing to change their parts so that they are in compliance with these regulations.  To help identify what manufacturers are currently complying with these initiatives, please review the list below:

80/20   Jefferson Electric
Advantech   Leviton
Anderson Power Products   Littelfuse
Banner Engineering   Mersen
Carling Technologies   Micro Switch
Chicago Miniature Lamp   Panduit
Contact Electronics   Pepperl+Fuchs
Cooper Bussmann   Phoenix Contact
Crouzet   Power One
Crydom   Pro-face
Curtis Industries   Red Lion Controls
Digmesa   Rittal
E-T-A   Schaffner
Electromate   Schneider Electric
Elmwood Sensors   SMC Pneumatics
Entivity   Sola Hevi-Duty
Fenwal Electronics   Square D
Ferraz Shawmut   SSAC
Finder Relays   Staco Energy Products
Heyco   Stahlin Enclosures
Hobbs   Turck
Honeywell/Micro Switch   United Electric Controls
IDEC   Xycom Automation
Advantech   Heyco
Crydom   Leviton
Cynergy3   Phoenix Contact
E-T-A   Rittal
Finder Relays    
Advantech   Honeywell Sensing & Control
B-Line by Eaton   Hubbell Wiring Device - Kellems
Baldor   IDEC
Bussmann by Eaton   Leviton
Carling Technologies   Littelfuse
Crydom   Mersen
Danaher Control   Moog Animatics
Eaton   NSK
Emerson Industrial Automation   PBC Linear
Emerson Process Management   Phoenix Contact
Exlar   Rittal
Federal Signal   Schneider Electric
Finder Relays   SMC Pneumatics
Fortress Interlocks   Turck
Harting   United Technologies

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