APC Product Regulations
APC is committed to providing customers with products that are fully compliant with applicable government regulations and international protocols. Recently, the European Union (EU) enacted directive 2002/95/EC - Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the "RoHS" directive) and directive 2002/96/EC - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the "WEEE" directive). The RoHS directive restricts six chemical substances in products sold into EU countries and the WEEE directive requires that products sold into the EU be collected at the end of their lifespan.
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The EU directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) requires that producers of electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market after July 1, 2006 limit the use of certain restricted substances (lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).
WEEE Take-Back & Recycling
The EU Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) requires that producers of electronic equipment who sell into EU countries: (1) label their equipment to notify customers that it needs to be recycled, (2) take back the equipment from customers at end of life, and (3) finance its recycling and reuse. The WEEE directive takes effect on August 13, 2005 and manufacturers must meet target objectives for recycling by December 2006.