Control of Chemical Substances Contained in Products
The tightened control of chemical substances contained in products has started from Europe and been expanded in all the countries of the world. SII has been working to prohibit or reduce the inclusion in our products of not only substances that have been banned by the laws and regulations, but also those for which there are concerns regarding their hazardous effects on human health and environment. All divisions engaged in products have established systems to promote activities to reduce their use and to prevent the inclusion in advance by performing periodic analysis and other measures.
The ban on the use of four substance of phthalates was added to EU RoHS*1 Directive and came into effect on July 22, 2019. SII is researching the status of these chemical substances contained in our products.
For materials or components found to contain these substances, SII has carried out successive replacement of such items with substitutes and has completed these replacements for products intended for the EU as of the end of May 2019.
On the other hand, from the point of view that the exemption under RoHS Directive*1 is not permanent, we are also exploring the possibility of alternatives for some materials on a continuous basis.
We continue to monitor the trend of exemption and work on developing our technology for finding alternative methods, taking into account the environmental impact and the economic perspective.
In regard to SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern)*3, which is the requirement set under the REACH Regulation*2, we are obligated to provide customers and other stakeholders with the information and report to EU authorities depending on the status of their inclusion in our products. Dozens of new substances are added to SVHC every year and there are 201 substances as of July 2019.
SII continues to check their inclusion in our products, and based on the results, we will fulfill our obligations while reducing the use of SVHC and finding the substitutes.
*1 RoHS Directive restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products: Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), Hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). DEHP, DBP BBP, and DIBP have been added to RoHS Directive since July 22, 2019.
*2 REACH Regulation: The regulation describe about registration, evaluation, authorization, and restriction of chemicals in the EU.
*3 SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern): Substances of very high concern that are candidates to be listed in Annex XIV of REACH. The substances are included in the Candidates List.