​​​Product Stewardship aims to manage the impacts of different products and materials. It acknowledges that parties involved in producing, selling, using and disposing of products have a shared responsibility to ensure that these products or materials are managed in a way that reduces their impact, throughout their lifecycle, on the environment and on human health and safety.

GF Piping Systems formed a REACh working group already in 2006. The group was renamed to "Product Stewardship Group" in 2014 and has three key objectives:

  1. Monitoring latest developments of legal and other requirements, which restrict or prohibit the use of substances in GF Piping Systems products, ensuring proactive management of regulatory changes.
  2. Evaluating the need for action. Effective management and communication of information throughout the supply chain (from supplier to customer) is vital to keep customers reliably informed of regulatory activity surrounding products.
  3. Supporting companies if questions occur.

The group holds regular meetings and produces memos, supporting documents and statements if necessary. Meeting minutes can be viewed ​here. The Product Stewardship Group is part of the CoC Technology Center​.​​​

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

REACH is the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force in 2007, replacing the former legislative framework for chemicals in the EU.

REACH is relevant and binding for GF PS activities in the EU as well as for export into the EU. Under REACH, manufacturers and importers are obliged to register with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) substances on their own, in preparations or in articles that they produce or import in quantities over 1 tonne per year (per manufacturer/ importer), unless the substance is exempted from registration.

Reminder: Since Switzerland is not a member of the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), EU REACH regulation does not apply. Switzerland has its own chemical regulations adopting REACH-like registration requirements. Please refer to Swiss Chemicals Ordinance (ChemO).

Key elements of the EU REACH regulation include registration, evaluation, authorization, restriction and supply chain communication.

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive

RoHS stands for Restriction oHazardous Substances. The RoHS Directive defines various chemical substances that may not be used in electrical and electronic equipment.

The original RoHS, also known as Directive 2002/95/EC, restricts the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.

To adapt the RoHS to technical and scientific progress, a Recast was published in 2011 by the EU, Directive 2011/65/EU, also known as RoHS-Recast or RoHS 2. Compared to RoHS 1, RoHS 2 not only expanded the scope of products covered, but also imposed new obligations as EU declaration of conformity and CE markings on finished products.

Effective July 22, 2019, the revised RoHS directive (Directive 2015/863, also known as RoHS 3) covers additional substances as well as additional categories of electrical and electronic equipment.

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 EEE is defined as " … electrical and electronic equipment' which is dependent on electric currents or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly and equipment for the generation, transfer and measurement of such currents and fields and designed for use with a voltage rating not exceeding 1 000 volts for alternating current and 1 500 volts for direct current". EEE can be a component or assembly used in a finished product. Cables and spare parts for repairing, reusing, updating or upgrading a product are all EEE.

The maximum concentration limits of RoHS restricted substances applies to "homogenous materials" in electrical and electronic equipment. The term "homogeneous material" is defined as "… one material of uniform composition throughout or a material, consisting of a combination of materials, that cannot be disjointed or separated into different materials by mechanical actions such as unscrewing, cutting, crushing, grinding and abrasive processes".

Dodd-Frank Act and EU Conflict Minerals

 

 

 

​​​​​​In recent years there has been increased concern that the exploitation and trade of certain minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries are helping to finance armed conflict characterized by extreme levels of violence. Tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold are commonly referred to as "conflict minerals" regardless of their country of origin.

In August 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published final rules under section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. According to this section, companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges are obliged to disclose the use of what are known as Conflict Minerals. The idea behind this is to end armed conflicts.

On 1 January 2021 a new law applies across the EU – the Conflict Minerals Regulation. It imposes mandatory requirements on importers of conflict minerals to observe due diligence obligations from 2021. Its aim is to ensure that conflict minerals were obtained without the use of forced or child labor and that the relevant proceeds are not used for the financing of armed groups.

GF Piping Systems is committed to responsible sourcing and to assisting our customers in their compliance with these regulations.

Other regulations from around the world!

SCIP Database and Waste Framework Directive

SCIP is the database for information on Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products) established under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). Companies supplying articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the Candidate List in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) on the EU market have to submit information on these articles to ECHA, as from 5 January 2021. The SCIP database ensures that the information on articles containing Candidate List substances is available throughout the whole lifecycle of products and materials, including at the waste stage. The information in the database is then made available to waste operators and consumers.

Below the SCIP numbers available for the products containing SVHC. Please be aware that the SCIP numbers are not available for all concerned products. 

Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)

REACH is the European Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force in 2007, replacing the former legislative framework for chemicals in the EU.

REACH is relevant and binding for GF PS activities in the EU as well as for export into the EU. Under REACH, manufacturers and importers are obliged to register with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) substances on their own, in preparations or in articles that they produce or import in quantities over 1 tonne per year (per manufacturer/ importer), unless the substance is exempted from registration.

Reminder: Since Switzerland is not a member of the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), EU REACH regulation does not apply. Switzerland has its own chemical regulations adopting REACH-like registration requirements. Please refer to Swiss Chemicals Ordinance (ChemO).

Key elements of the EU REACH regulation include registration, evaluation, authorization, restriction and supply chain communication.