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Raw Material and Part Procurement Stage — Control of Chemical Substances Contained in Products

In order to comply with environmental laws and regulations in each country where our products are sold, Kyocera Document Solutions conducts thorough quality control of parts delivered, daily, in accordance with Standards on the Management of Certain Chemical Substances, established in 2003, and has established a chemical substance control system which covers the entire supply chain.

Control of Chemical Substances Contained in Products

In order to produce products that do not contain any substances prohibited by laws and regulations, it is essential that prohibited substances are not included in any parts, materials and subsidiary materials. We have confirmed that restricted hazardous substances, such as EU's RoHS Directive,* are not present by installing X-ray fluorescence and Phthalates analyzers at the plants and conduct surveys on chemical substances contained in all parts, materials and subsidiary materials.
We also conduct audits of suppliers to determine whether they have established chemical substance control systems, ensuring that prohibited substances are not contained in their products and have procured parts, materials and subsidiary materials only from suppliers who have been certified.

*Substances whose use is prohibited by the RoHS 2 Directive: The EU (European Union), as a principle, prohibits putting electric or electronic equipment containing the following six substances on the market.
(1) Lead, (2) Mercury, (3) Cadmium, (4) Hexavalent chromium, (5) Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), (6) Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE)
Also, from July 2019, four phthalate esters, Bis(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate (DEHP), Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP). Butyl Benzyl Phthalate (BBP) and Diisobutyl Phthalate (DIBP), will be additionally prohibited.

• Efforts by Kyocera Document Solutions to Control Chemical Substances Contained in Products

Efforts by KYOCERA Document Solutions to Control Chemical Substances Contained in Products

Chemical Substance Control System

We have controlled the chemical substances included in the products by utilizing a database. And, in May 2015, we commenced the operation of a new chemical substance control system, "Kyocera Document Solutions Green Procurement System (KDGPS)". This system is compatible with an information transmission scheme of JAMP (Joint Article Management Promotion consortium), chemSHERPA-AI/CI, whose cross-industrial utilization has been promoted by the Japanese Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry. This enables both suppliers and us to exchange survey requests and survey responses on the web, which leads to the burden reduction of suppliers. Since this system can accommodate the addition of substances considered of very high concern (SVHC) under EU REACH Regulation, together with the calculation of content in the product, we can manage the chemical substances faster and more reliably than ever before.

• Chemical Substance Control System

Chemical Substance Control System

Survey of Chemical Substances Contained in Products

To ensure that our products comply with chemical substance-related laws and requirements and eco-labelling in each country, we established Standards on the Management of Certain Chemical Substances in December of 2003. We have amended these standards each time chemical substance-related laws and requirements in each country are enacted or amended. In addition, we include any additional SVHCs under the EU REACH Regulations or any other changes of the items exempted from EU RoHS directive in the case changes or additions are made.

*SVHC: Substances of Very High Concern for the human body due to characteristics such as carcinogenicity and reproductive toxicity. These become candidates for Annex XIV (Authorization List) in the European Union's REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) regulation.

Auditing Suppliers

In order to reliably carry out the control of chemical substances, we continually conduct audits of the chemical substance control system when starting a business with a new supplier. And, as a matter of principle, we only conduct business with suppliers who have passed an audit and acquired certification.
We, also, distribute a Chemical Substance Self-Evaluation Checklist to these suppliers every year and ask them to conduct a self-assessment of their daily maintenance and management, using this list. Then, we examine the content of these evaluation results and check whether the operations relating to chemical substance management are being reliably performed.

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