POINTek, Inc. is committed to design, manufacture, and sell products in an environmentally-sustainable manner, following the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. We studiously manage a system of process controls to ensure compliance to customer requirements and regulatory agencies around the world in mitigating environmental impact of our operations and upholding environmental protection and sustainability. Our overarching goal is to follow the national and global standards for sustaining our environment and meeting the expectations of our customers. Thus, we are proud to claim our support and observance of European environmental standards such as RoHS and REACH. We are certified for the International Environmental Management standard, ISO 14001:2015.
2002/95/EC (RoHS 1) and 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) Regulation and Compliance
The Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, short for Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union. The RoHS 1 took effect on 1 July 2006, restricting the use of 10 (ten) hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment (i.e., Pb, Hg, Cd, Cr, PBB, PBDE, DEHP, BBP, DBP, and DIBP). The RoHS Directive is often known as the "lead-free directive," but it restricts the use of the other nine substances. The RoHS 2 Directive took effect on 2 January 2013, improving regulatory conditions and legal clarity, which included coverage of additional electronic and electrical equipment, cables and spare parts.
Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemical Substances (REACH) - EC 1907/2006 Regulation and Compliance
REACH is a complex European Union regulation governing the production and use of chemical substances based on their potential impacts on both human health and the environment. REACH entered into force on 1 June 2007, with a phased implementation over the next decade, requiring all companies manufacturing or importing chemical substances into the European Union in quantities of one ton or more per year to register these substances with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA). REACH also addresses the continued use of “chemical substances of very high concern (SVHC)” at more than 0.1% of the mass of a given product because of their potential negative impacts on human health or the environment. As of 15 June 2015, there are 168 SVHCs on the candidate list for authorization from the European Chemicals Agency. The Republic of Korea (South Korea) the Ministry of Environment has equivalent law, the Chemicals Control Act (TCCA) which regulates control and follow-up management of hazardous chemicals, and is now revised as the Act on Registration and Evaluation of Chemicals (ARECS) also known as K-REACH, became into force on 1 Jan 2015. K-REACH regulates control hazardous chemicals based on the result of hazard and risk assessment to manage under four: toxic substance, authorization substance, restricted substance, and prohibited substance. The purpose of K-REACH is to protect public health and the environment in Korea. We at POINTek are mindful of both REACH and K-REACH regulatory requirements in the use of any hazardous substances in our products for the protection and human health and environment.
Conflict Minerals Regulation and Compliance
POINTek, Inc. has adopted the “conflict minerals” policy in meeting the expectations of our global customers as indicated in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Conflict Minerals Rule and the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation (together, the “Regulations”). As set forth in the Regulations, “conflict minerals” includes tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold (collectively, “3TG”). This policy applies to conflict minerals regardless of where they are sourced, processed or sold. POINTek does not knowingly procure any 3TG that originates from a conflict-affected or high-risk area (a “CAHRA”), unless they are processed by smelters and refiners that are verified or in the process of becoming verified as “conflict free,” “conformant” or the equivalent by an independent third party (collectively referred to as “conflict free”). Our due diligence processes and efforts conform to the foregoing relevant conflict free Regulations, and we also ask our suppliers to undertake due diligence with their supply chains to determine the location from which 3TG is being sourced and whether the smelter or refiner is conflict free. We are committed to comply with the regulations pertaining to the 3TG conflict minerals from its sourcing to its foot-prints in our product, and we issue our Conflict Mineral Statement based on our compliance.