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Niko green energy

REACH & RoHS

REACH

Implemented in 2007, the European REACH regulation addresses the production and use of chemical substances.

“REACH” stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. All chemical substances need to be registered via the European Chemicals Agency. To date, more than 25,000 substances appear on the ECHA website. The evaluation process is designed to verify the potential impact of these chemical substances on human health and the environment. If there are serious concerns, the substance will appear on the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list. Additional substances are added to this list every six months based on the results of scientific research.

Niko is a manufacturer and supplier of articles and not substances. Under normal conditions or even under foreseeable misuse, no substances will ever be released from its articles.

Niko has followed the evolution of this regulation since it came into force. As required by Article 33 of the regulation, a manufacturer of articles has the obligation to provide information on the content of SVHC substances to professional customers, in the event such substances are present in concentrations exceeding 0.1% at a homogeneous level.

Niko takes these obligations very seriously, and strives together with its suppliers, to avoid the use of SVHCs in its products. Nevertheless, as the list of substances on the SVHC list expands continuously, it is unavoidable that some of these substances will appear in the articles.

The list below includes SVHCs known to date which may be present in our articles in concentrations above 0.1%.

Product range

Substance

CAS

Electronic accessories

872-50-4

1-Methyl-2-pyrrolidinone

 

68412-54-4

Ethoxylated nonylphenol

 

84-61-7

DCHP

 

98-54-4

4-tert-Butylphenol

 

26523-78-4

Tris(nonylphenyl) phosphite

 

25973-55-1

2-(2H-Benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-di-tert-pentylphenol

All product ranges

7439-92-1

Pb

If you have questions or concerns about the substances on this list, please contact our Eco-Compliance office via ecocompliance@niko.eu.


RoHS

The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive 2002/95/EC was first adopted in 2003 and came into force on 1 July 2006. This European Directive restricted the use of six hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment with a number of exceptions. The materials covered were lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

The applicability was limited to the following categories of equipment:

  1. Large household appliances
  2. Small household appliances
  3. IT and telecommunications equipment
  4. Consumer equipment
  5. Lighting equipment
  6. Electrical and electronic tools (with the exception of large-scale, stationary industrial tools)
  7. Toys, leisure and sports equipment
  8. Automatic dispensers

In 2011 the directive was replaced by the new directive 2011/65/EU whereby the applicability was extended in phases to include all electrical and electronic equipment. This new approach directive also imposes the CE marking for all applicable equipment.

In 2015 4 materials were added to the list, resulting in the following substances that are restricted (with exceptions) in electrical and electronic products:
Lead (0.1%)
Mercury (0.1%)
Cadmium (0.01%)
Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)
Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) (0.1%)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) (0.1%)
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (0.1%)
Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (0.1%)
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0.1%)
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0.1%)

All Niko products comply with the applicable RoHS directive, proof of which can be found in the EU conformity (CE) declaration. These declarations can be found on the NIKO website. Copies may also be requested via ecocompliance@niko.eu.