InterFET's Environmental Commitment
At InterFET our environmental policy encompasses lead-free, RoHS, REACH, packaging waste, and proper disposal of chemicals. We also work with our subcontracted service supplies to continue proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. InterFET is committed to diligently addressing all environmental issues that face the electronics industry and our customers — both domestic and global. This information is designed to communicate the environmental issues facing the electronics industry today and those in the future. Additionally, we want you to know that InterFET and it’s manufacturers are working to assure our customers that all products are compliant with existing directives and legislation.
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RoHS 3 Compliance
RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, and impacts the entire electronics industry and many electrical products as well. The original RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, originated in the European Union in 2002 and restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products. All applicable products in the EU market since July 1, 2006 must pass RoHS compliance. The soldering process is the means by which electronic components are mechanically and electrically connected to a Printed Circuit Board (PCB) assembly. Following good soldering practices will prevent component reliability issues as well as insure a robust electrical and mechanical connection to the PCB assembly.
EU RoHS specifies maximum levels for the following 10 restricted substances. The first six applied to the original RoHS while the last four were added under RoHS 3, which takes effect July 22, 2019. All InterFET standard and custom devices are RoHS 3 compliant. All InterFET packaged and unpackaged end products meets the requirements of the latest RoHS 3 standard. Most substances are not used in the InterFET process and are below the Measured Device Limits (MDL) of the testing equipment.
REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals. It is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. In principle, REACH applies to all chemical substances; not only those used in industrial processes but also in our day-to-day lives. REACH created the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which has an essential coordination role in the overall regulation process. Located in Helsinki, Finland the ECHA manages the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction processes for chemical substances to ensure consistency across the countries in which REACH applies.
InterFET Corporation does not currently manufacture or import any chemical substances into the EU on their own or in quantities of 1 ton or more per year. In addition, imported InterFET materials do not contain chemical substances intended to be released during the normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of the product’s use as defined by the REACH regulation.
All InterFET end products meet the requirements of the latest regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and do not exceed the specified limitation for Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) as described in Annex XVII of the REACH specification dated January 15, 2019. InterFET Corporation is awaiting responses from our suppliers regarding the new SVHC materials added on July 16, 2019. InterFET is confident from the replies received to date, that these new additions will not have any impact to our existing products.
Chemical Disposal and Waste Mitigation
Proper chemical management is necessary to protect the health and safety of our communities and the environment. InterFET is in compliance with federal and state regulations that require all generators of chemical waste receive training and follow proper waste management and disposal procedures. InterFET works diligently with our subcontracted service suppliers to ensure compliance and to reduce the amount of hazardous chemicals used in production.
InterFET Corporation policy encourages the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment.