Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
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:
Based on information provided by Sharp suppliers, it is believed that no other SVHCs are contained above 0.1% in any Sharp products.
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 on the website of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA): http://ec.europa.eu/echa/reach_en.html
Direct link to the candidate list: http://echa.europa.eu/web/guest/candidate-list-table
Please also see the corresponding information on Sharp World: http://www.sharp-world.com/corporate/eco/env-info/