Legislation

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Statement from ebm-papst UK Ltd

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ebm-papst UK Ltd is the wholly owned subsidiary of ebm-papst. This document summarises ebm-papst UK Ltd’s position with respect to the European Directive (EC 1907/2006) REACH, European Directive 2012/19/EC WEEE and European Directive 2011/65/EC RoHS and the UK Statutory Instruments.

ECHA

REACH

REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) is the new system for controlling chemicals in Europe. It became law in the UK and the whole of the European Union on 1 June 2007.

Substances that are manufactured or imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne or more per year need to be registered with the new European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The process started with pre-registration between 01 June - 30 November 2008 with registration then phased in over a period of years. If a substance has not been pre-registered it cannot benefit from the phase-in period.
Some potentially harmful chemicals have been listed as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) and if products contain these substances above a certain concentration then this has to be communicated down the supply chain. The simplest option is to eliminate the use of SVHCs altogether.
For the latest information about REACH please refer to the ECHA website.

According to the REACH Regulation ebm-papst UK Ltd is considered a downstream user and supplier of articles (complete products) and has no obligation to register. We can confirm that we will comply with all obligations under REACH, including working with suppliers to ensure that all chemicals used in the production of our products are correctly registered under the REACH Regulation for reasons of both legal compliance and continuity of supply.

As a manufacturer of articles we are obligated to provide information if a Candidate Substance (Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC)) is contained in an article above the threshold of 0.1% mass. The Substance List is published by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) and updated on a regular basis. We do not expect to exceed the threshold of 0.1% mass in our articles and are in constant dialogue with our suppliers, especially when the candidate list has been extended.
Currently the supply of ebm-papst products is not restricted due to REACH.

A formal statement can be downloaded from the link on the right of this page.

RoHS

ebm-papst and ebm-papst UK Ltd can confirm our guidelines for the development of new products prohibit the use of those substances listed within the RoHS Directive and Statutory Instrument, unless requested by our client and does not invoke the relevant Statutory Instruments.

Most of our products are compliant. However there will be some products and accessories that will not meet the requirements of the directive. These products will only be for sale to applications outside the scope of the Directive.

WEEE

The Directive is to preserve, protect and improve the quality of the environment, protect human health and utilise natural resources prudently and rationally. We can confirm that the ebm-papst Group already work towards such goals through our certified Environmental Management System and furthermore by designing and manufacturing energy efficient products with eco-design features of easy disassembly.

The legislation covers whole products and equipment that is part of another product is not covered. Our interpretation concludes that our motors, fans, controls and subassemblies are supplied to original equipment manufacturers as components to be integrated into complete whole products and therefore are not covered by this legislation. Where we manufacture whole products these are declared to the relevant authority and marked accordingly. We will work with our clients to assist them in meeting the requirements of Statutory Instrument.

We are registered with a producer compliance scheme (PCS) as a B2B producer. EEE Producer registration number: WEE/CA0209WR.

G Lockwood

Technical Director