EU REACh Regulation
REACH, a European Union Regulation (EC 1907/2006) on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, entered into force on June 1, 2007.
One objective of this regulation is to improve, within the overall framework of sustainable development, the protection of human health and the environment from the risks of chemical substances. Sharp supports this objective and, under the Sharp Code of Conduct, is taking a proactive approach to comply with the regulations.
According to REACH Article 33 (duty to communicate information on substances in articles), when an article contains a substance from the SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) Candidate List in a concentration above 0.1% of the weight of the article, suppliers are required to provide the recipients and, upon request, the consumers of that article with information about the SVHC. The first ‘Candidate List’ of SVHC was published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on October 28, 2008, followed by several others since then (e.g. January 13, 2010; March 30, 2010; June 18, 2010; December 15, 2010; June 20, 2011; December 19, 2011; June 18, 2012; December 19, 2012; June 20, 2013; December 16, 2013; June 16, 2014; December 17, 2014; June 15, 2015; December 17, 2015).
To comply with the requirement of Article 33, Sharp has asked its suppliers for information on SVHC. To date, Sharp’s finding is as follows:
The followings may be contained with exceeding 0.1% by weight:
As the related substance are chemically bound and stabilized in the product it does not pose a risk to the user under normal conditions of use.
As to other Sharp products groups (such as TVs, audio devices, MWOs, air conditioners, refrigerators, calculators, fax devices as well as consumables for copiers/MFD) which we are currently selling in Europe, the limit of 0.1% by weight is not exceeded according to our current best knowledge (state: June 2016).
Sharp will continue to work closely with its suppliers to receive relevant information earliest possible and to ensure that substances of the candidate list will not be used in the future.
You can find further information and candidate list on the website of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA):