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The Regulation, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) is a European Community Regulation related to the safe use and identification of chemicals (Regulation (EC) Number 1907/2006).
REACH entered into force on June 1, 2007 with the aim of improving the protection of human health and the environment through better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances. REACH was aimed at streamlining and improving former European Union chemical legislation by replacing approximately 40 individual pieces of legislation and harmonizing with the remaining legislation. The new legislative framework under REACH shifts responsibility for the control and safety of chemicals from government authorities to industry and created the European Chemicals Agency to act as a central coordinator.
Pentek is a supplier of "articles" as defined in REACH. The "substances" contained in these articles are not intended to be released under normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use.
Pentek will continue to monitor REACH developments and will comply with any applicable requirements. As Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) are added to Annex XIV of the Regulation (Authorization List), Pentek will assess whether both of the following conditions are met:
Pentek shall comply with the requirements of Article 7(2) and Article 33 of the Regulation, as necessary.
Pentek has contacted its component and material suppliers who have confirmed to Pentek that Pentek products and packing material do not intentionally contain SVHCs above a concentration level of 0.1% w/w.
With regard to 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (Bisphenol A), some suppliers of integrated circuits have reported Bisphenol A as a raw polymer ingredient of < 0.3wt% in their chip-level packaging. However, the percent weight of the package is a less than 30% of the overall Pentek finished product weight which would limit the overall concentration in the finished product to less than the required 0.1% w/w.
Furthermore, this substance is contained in the material as a small residue in the molecular form and cannot be released under normal conditions. In addition Pentek is compliant with the substance restrictions listed in REACH Annex XVII that limits the use of certain substances for specific uses.
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