REACH, a European Union Regulation (EC 1907/2006) on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, entered into force on June 1, 2007.
One objective of this regulation is to improve, within the overall framework of sustainable development, the protection of human health and the environment from the risks of chemical substances. Sharp supports this objective and, under the Sharp Code of Conduct, is taking a proactive approach to comply with the regulation.
According to REACH Article 33 (duty to communicate information on substances in articles), when an article contains a substance from the SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) Candidate List in a concentration of more than 0.1% of the weight of the article, suppliers are required to provide the recipients and, upon request, the consumers of that article with information about the SVHC substance.
To comply with the requirement of this article, Sharp has asked its suppliers for information on SVHC. To date, Sharp’s finding is as follows:
Generally, the following phthalate can be found in the ac cords and cables of electrical and electronic equipment: - Bis (2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP), CAS.No.117-81-7
The ac cords and cables used in certain Sharp products may therefore contain this substance. However, to our current best knowledge, the limit of 0.1% by weight is not exceeded in ac cords and cables used on Sharp TV sets, audio products and solar modules currently sold in Europe. In addition, the related substance is combined with other substances and is stabilized in the product and as such does not pose a risk to the user due to regular contact.
Sharp will continue to work closely with its suppliers to ensure compliance with all the requirements of REACH Regulation.