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Entry type: FAQ, Entry ID: 39200038, Entry date: 08/04/2016
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Information about product-related environmental protection

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Validity: Products of the divisions DF (Digital Factory) and PD (Process Industries and Drives) of Siemens AG.

Are the products in compliance with the REACH regulations, are all the substances in the delivered products registered or are there substances that are on the REACH Candidates List?

REACH Regulation
The REACH Regulation came into force on June 1, 2007 (REGULATION (EC) No 1907/2006 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), establishing a European Chemicals Agency, amending Directive 1999/45/EC and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 793/93 and Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/94 as well as Council Directive 76/769/EEC and Commission Directives 91/155/EEC, 93/67/EEC, 93/105/EC and 2000/21/EC).

Obligation to register
The obligation of the REACH Regulation to register substances applies to the following:

  • Manufactures and importers of substances

  • Manufactures and importers of preparations

  • Manufactures and importers of products from which substances are intended to be released under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use.

You generally procure products (not substances or preparations) from the divisions DF and PD of Siemens. No substances will be released under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use from the products you purchase. Therefore the products of the divisions DF and PD are not subject to the obligation to register in compliance with the REACH Regulation.

Obligation to submit information
The regulations regarding the obligation to submit information for downstream users apply to the manufactures and importers of products.

The information required by Article 33 of the REACH Regulation for the products concerned is included in the delivery documents.

We undertake to compare regularly our products as per the requirements of the REACH Regulation with the information we have of upstream users with regard to the substances specified in the list.

Further Information
More information about REACH is available here:
https://w5.siemens.com/cms/supply-chain-management/de/lieferant-bei-siemens/basis-information/umweltschutz/produkt/Pages/stewardship.aspx.

General information and the regulation text are available here:
http://echa.europa.eu.

Additional Keywords
Candidate list, Downstream user

 

Do the products meet the valid restrictions for the use of hazardous substances as per Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS)?

The RoHS directive defines the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

Siemens AG has long since felt obliged to develop and manufacture environmentally friendly products, which also includes the avoidance of hazardous materials in our products. Although our products are only falling gradually under the range of validity of the RoHS-2 directive, we started years ago to substitute hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.

Detailed information on compliance with Art. 4 of the RoHS directive is available in the Siemens Mall (https://mall.automation.siemens.com). For the information you go to the "Additional Product Information" tab in the order data for the selected product.

In the case of products from the DF and DP divisions which fall under the RoHS directive, compliance with the statutory regulation will be achieved and certified for each product at the latest by the time the regulation comes into force. 

 

Do our products comply with the RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) in China? 

On January 6, 2016, the Ministry for Industry and Information of the People's Republic of China and 7 other ministries issued jointly the Law on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment ('ChinaRoHs'), which came into force July 1, 2016.

The range of validity of the Chinese RoHS regulation covers all electrical and electronic equipment, that for its proper operation depends on electric currents or electromagnetic fields, and devices for the generation, transmission and measurement of such currents and electromagnetic fields and that are designed for operation with alternating current of maximum 1,000 volts or direct current of maximum 1,500 volts. Electrical and electronic equipment used for the generation, transmission and distribution of electric current is exempt from the range of validity.  

The aim of the regulation is to reduce the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment for the Chinese market and keep customers informed about these substances through appropriate identification. Initially these substances are not prohibited, but must simply be declared and identified. This must be ensured for all products that fall under the range of validity with a product date after July 1, 2016 and that are sold on the Chinese market. The Chinese RoHS regulation governs the use of the hazardous substances lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium (VI) and the flame retardants PBB and PBDE in equipment and components.

Some products of the Siemens divisions DF (Digital Factory) and PD (Process Industries and Drives) do not fall under the range of validity of the ChinaRoHS because they are exempt from the range of validity.

Most Siemens DF and PD products do fall under the range of validity of the Chinese RoHS regulation, but these are exclusively components for systems like drive and automation systems. The relevant information required by the Chinese standard SJ / T 11364-2014 for the identification of end products is available here: https://support.industry.siemens.com/cs/?lc=zh-CN. For this you enter the term ChinaRoHS and the Siemens product number (MLFB) in the Find mask. You can obtain the relevant information also by telephone: +86 400 616 2020 or your sales contact.

 

Are the products and packaging free of asbestos and dimethylformamide (DMF)?

Our products are generally free of asbestos. We ensure this worldwide through internal regulations and standards.
Dimethylformamide (DMF) is not used in products and delivery centers of the Divisions DF (Digital Factory) and PD (Process Industries and Drives).

 

 

Security information
In order to protect plants, systems, machines and networks against cyber threats, it is necessary to implement – and continuously maintain – a holistic, state-of-the-art industrial security concept. Siemens’ products and solutions constitute one element of such a concept. For more information about industrial security, please visit
http://www.siemens.com/industrialsecurity.
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