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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 carries out thorough quality control of the components delivered to our company each day, in accordance with Standards on the Management of Certain Chemical Substances established in 2003, and we have established a chemical substance control system covering our entire supply chain.

Control of Chemical Substances Contained in Products

In order to create finished products that do not contain legally prohibited substances, an essential condition is that all parts, materials and auxiliary materials used in the manufacturing process must not contain prohibited substances. Our company investigates the contained chemical substances in all parts, materials and auxiliary materials, and we have X-ray fluorescence analyzers installed in each of our plants to check that no hazardous substances are contained whose use is restricted by the EU's RoHS Directive.* We also audit suppliers to determine whether they have established chemical substance control systems ensuring that no prohibited substances are contained in their products, and we procure parts, materials and auxiliary materials only from suppliers who have acquired certification as a result.

*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 Database

The system has been completely revamped, and a new system, named the Kyocera Document Solutions Green Procurement System (KDGPS), started operation in May 2015. It is compatible with AIS, MSDSplus and chemSHERPA-AI/CI, which was introduced in March 2018, the industrial standard formats for chemical substance survey proposed by JAMP (Joint Article Management Promotion consortium). Survey requests and answers are exchanged on the web. This arrangement is meant to allow us and customers to mutually check the status of chemicals handled by each other, and, thereby, lessen the burden placed on customers. The system is also capable of adding substances of very high concern (SVHC) and calculating substance content in products, thereby ensuring more accurate and swift chemical substance management than before.

• Chemical Substance Control Database

Chemical Substance Control Database

Survey of Chemical Substances Contained in Products

To ensure that our products comply with chemical substance-related laws and requirements for eco-labelling in each country, we established Standards on the Management of Certain Chemical Substances in December 2003. We amend these standards each time a country enacts, amends or otherwise changes its laws relating to chemical substances. The standards also incorporate items such as SVHC* additional substances in the EU REACH regulation, and changes in exemptions from the EU RoHS Directive.

*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 chemical substance control, we always conduct audits of chemical substance control systems when starting a relationship with a new supplier. As a rule, we only do business with suppliers which have passed an audit and acquired certification.
In addition, each year we distribute Chemical Substance Self-Evaluation Check Lists to suppliers who have completed certification, and have them do a self-evaluation of routine maintenance and control at the supplier. We examine the content of these evaluation results at our company, and check whether operations relating to chemical substance control are being reliably performed.

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