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Trade Tariffs, Conflict Minerals, REACH, RoHS, CA Prop. 65, TSCA Restrictions, POPS Treaty, & PFAS Restrictions

Trade Tariffs
Chris Electronics is compliant with all tariff requirements that affect imported electronic components from China. We are working to minimize the impact to our customers by securing tariff-free sources and employing transparent accounting practices.
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 Union’s 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 it’s 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 they’re 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.
California's Proposition 65
Proposition 65, the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, requires businesses, including distributors, to notify California consumers when products contain specified levels of certain chemicals. Additional information regarding Prop. 65 can be found at www.p65warnings.ca.gov. Chris Electronics works to comply with all requirements of Prop. 65 by passing along information it receives regarding affected products to its customers.
TSCA Restrictions, POPS Treaty, & PFAS Restrictions
Chris Electronics Distributors supports all acts and actions to protect the environment from toxic chemicals and waste. We wholeheartedly support the goals and requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Restrictions, the EU Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation (POPS) Treaty, and the Per/Poly Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Restrictions.
Our commitment to rid the environment of PFAS and other toxic ‘forever’ chemicals is shared by the manufacturers we represent. Together, we will provide the required EPA/EU documentation to our customers and others regarding the level of harmful chemicals (if any) in our imported products.
As a distributor, we have no involvement in the manufacture of goods. However, we can do our part by being selective, choosing to only work with those that share our efforts to be ‘green’ and ‘clean’.