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Conflict Minerals, REACH, and RoHS

Conflict Minerals
Chris Electronics does not support the use of 'conflict minerals' in the manufacture of electronic components.
We do not condone the violence associated with the mining of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold from the Republic of Congo and surrounding countries. As a distributor, we have no say-so over what manufacturers do, but we do have the power to work with only those who share our commitment to the Responsible Minerals Initiative.
As the second line of defense, we will do our best to provide you with all the sourcing material available from our manufacturers. It is our goal to uphold, in any way we can, the safeguards and obligations of the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act.
Chris Electronics supports the European Unionís efforts to Register, Evaluate, Authorize and Restrict chemicals used in the production of electronic components.
REACH requires manufacturers to provide reporting, labeling, handling instructions and more. Under REACH, electronic components are classified as compliant, non-compliant or still-to-be-determined. Distributors like Chris Electronics are affected indirectly under REACH, acting mostly as a go-between and point person to help buyers fulfill their due diligence needs.
For the unabridged description of REACH, please see https://echa.europa.eu/
Another environmental initiative supported by Chris Electronics is RoHS, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances.
This program restricts the use of lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium PBBs and PBDE in electrical and electronic products sold to European Union countries. Some Asian countries and U.S. states have also adopted these restrictions. In addition, RoHS promotes the collection and recycling of products with hazardous materials.
As a distributor, our role in RoHS is one of a middleman. Manufacturers are required to provide RoHS compliance and
non-compliance documentation, and itís our job to direct customers to, or provide them with, this information. The onus is on manufacturers to not only produce the materials but to make sure theyíre up-to-date and accurate. We rely on them to fulfill their part, and they rely on us to support RoHS in other ways, such as recycling and using environmental friendly practices to dispose of harmful substances.