Our group NGK Insulators is a world leader supplier of alloys of copper beryllium NGK actively contribute to all environmental studies made on all substances concerning our products. The company is involved at all levels in the management of risks linked to hazardous substances. Our priority is to be compliant to all legal regulation in force to ensure the continued existence of our products to our clients.
RoHS Directive stands for ‘Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment’. The aims of the RoHS directive (2002/95/CE) is to regulate the use of certain dangerous substances.
Since 1st July 2006, all EEE, imported or manufactured in the EU, placed on the EU market should comply with the requirements of this directive. RoHS recast in 2001 (2011/65/CE, RoHS 2) does not include any restriction on beryllium and consequently on the use of copper-beryllium as indicated by our ‘RoHS Ready’ logo.
REACH stands for ‘Registration, Evaluation Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals’ which enter into force on 1st June 2007. The main REACH objective is to improve the protection of human health and the environment. Even if our copper-beryllium products are considered as being ‘articles’ under REACH, NGK Berylco registered beryllium metal in November 2010 (No. 01-2119487146-32-0003). This procedure gave us the opportunity to make new scientific studies which concluded that beryllium should be reclassified. The industry is currently working with the European Institutions and Member States to update the current cancer classification as well as to demonstrate that beryllium metal, is like many other metals, safe when used correctly.
List of substances of very high concern (SVHC) – Annex XIV of REACH
All products containing any substances from that list, the manufacturer or importer has the obligation to notify the end user from the substance existence and of its condition of use.
Beryllium metal is not included in the REACH Candidate List (Annex XIV).
Concerning REACH regulation 1907/2006 dated 18th December 2006, our obligation with respect to article 33 of REACH is to inform our customer as soon as possible about the eventual presence of more than 0.1% w/w of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC from last version of ECHA candidate list) in our products. Please refer to our letter or contact your sales contact for further information.