GCT Product Compliance

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EU RoHS Directive (10 Substances)

With the commitment to preserve and protect our environment, all current products of GCT are RoHS compliant. The RoHS Directive (Directive on Restriction On the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment 2002/95/EC) was adopted by European Union in February 2003 and took effect on July 2006. Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2) replaced 2002/95/EC in January 2013. The Directive was further updated as 2015/863 (RoHS 3) as of July 2019. GCT are fully compliant with the updated legislation, which restricts the use of 10 hazardous substances to no more than 0.1% w/w (or 0.01% w/w for Cadmium), namely:

  1. Cadmium
  2. Hexavalent Chromium
  3. Lead
  4. Mercury
  5. PBBs (Polybrominated biphenyls)
  6. PBDEs (Polybrominated diphenyl ethers)
  7. Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (0.1 %)
  8. Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) (0.1 %)
  9. Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (0.1 %)
  10. Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (0.1 %)

With the commitment to preserve and protect our environment, all current GCT products are compliant with RoHS, RoHS 2 and RoHS 3.

EU REACH Directive & SCIP Database

In 2007, the European Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) entered into force, which set out a list of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs), and requirements for registration if included above defined threshold of 0.1% w.w. As of January 2024 the list contains 240 SVHCs.

Global Connector Technology can confirm all standard product(s), as stated above, do not contain SVHS at levels in excess of 0.1% w/w, and therefore no products require REACH registration. As standard GCT products do not contain REACH SVHCs above defined threshold of 0.1% w.w, no GCT standard product are registered on the SCIP database.

We work closely with our suppliers regarding chemical usage to ensure the meeting all regulations. In the future, if our monitoring indicates a change in REACH status for any product we supply we will inform that customer(s) accordingly and register that chemical with REACH.

China RoHS Directive

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China RoHS regulation covers the inclusion within Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) of substances 1 to 6 listed above under the EU RoHS heading.

China RoHS works slightly differently from EU RoHS, in that where an EEE contains any of these six substances above the maximum permitted concentration will have an Environment Friendly Use Period (EFUP) defined.

(EFUP) is the period of time (in years) before any of the China RoHS substances are likely to leak out, causing possible harm to health and the environment.

All of GCT standards products are free of the six China RoHS substances, and so the green “e” label (see box) can be included in documentation where required.

California Proposition 65

Proposition 65 (more formally referred to as The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986) is a California law passed by direct voter initiative in 1986 by a 63%–37% vote. Its goals are to protect drinking water sources from toxic substances that cause cancer and birth defects and to reduce or eliminate exposures to those chemicals generally, for example in consumer products, by requiring warnings in advance of those exposures.

Currently, Proposition 65 covers 910 substances, which must be declared if they are included within EEE above defined threshold levels.

Standard GCT products do not contain any of these 910 substances, with the exception of nickel which is included as an allowed sub-plating only, and therefore does not represent any risk of escape to the environment.

Other Directives, Regulations and Legislation

In addition to the above, standard GCT products comply with a range of other regulations, legislation and directives, including:

Asbestos-free Status – all standard GCT products are free from asbestos and asbestos-related compounds.

Ozone Depleting Substances – all standard GCT products are free from Ozone Depleting Substances.

Stockholm Convention (Persistent Organic Pollutants) - all standard GCT products are free from Persistent Organic Pollutants defined under the Stockholm Convention.

Radioactive Substances – All standard GCT products are free from radioactive substances as defined under EU Regulations 2013/59/EURATOM.

Red Phosphorus – All standard GCT products are free from Red Phosphorus.

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its Salts – All standard GCT products are free from PFOA and its Salts.

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If you have a compliance request that is not covered by the above list, please do not hesitate to contact us at compliance@gct.co.

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