The Cisco Product Stewardship program includes policies and procedures regarding restricted materials that are regulated by either global product-related environmental laws, regulations, or our customers. The primary objectives of this program are to:
Reduce the number and quantity of hazardous substances while helping to ensure high product quality and reliability
Work with industry consortia to define common qualification criteria and develop viable solutions
Comply with product-related environmental laws and regulations restricting the use of certain hazardous substances worldwide
Restriction of Hazardous Substances - Cisco Position
European Economic Area
Cisco products meet the applicable requirements of the European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. Cisco will ensure continuous compliance with applicable RoHS requirements, including measures that substitute or amend these ones, within the specified regulatory timeframes.
Cisco products meet the applicable requirements of the China Ministry of Information Industry, as outlined in the document "Administrative Measures on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products," commonly referred to as China-RoHS.
Products ordered for sale in China include the appropriate Environmental Protection Use Period (EPUP) label on the product, hazardous substances table, and recycling mark on packaging according to the applicable regulatory requirements and standards. Cisco will ensure continuous compliance with China-RoHS as additional requirements are finalized by the Chinese regulators.
Cisco products supplied by Cisco for the Ukrainian market on and after January 1, 2011 are in conformity with the substance restrictions and permitted uses in the Technical Regulation for Restricting the Use of Certain Dangerous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment approved by Resolution No. 1057 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine of December 3, 2008, commonly referred to as Ukraine RoHS.
Cisco products supplied by Cisco for the Vietnamese market on and after December 1, 2012 are in conformity with the substance restrictions and permitted uses in Circular 30/2011/TT-BCT of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade temporarily regulating the permitted limits for a number of hazardous substances in electric and electronic products, commonly referred to as Vietnam RoHS.
Cisco products also meet applicable requirements of other regions that have adopted substance regulations.
Cisco works closely with its supply chain to assure compliance of products and materials supplied by partners.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006
The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation is Europe's broad chemicals legislation and is applicable in all 27 European Union member states as well as the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) European Economic Area (EEA) countries of Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland.
REACH establishes a new single regulatory framework for gathering information, assessing risks to human health and the environment, and authorizing or restricting the marketing and use of chemicals produced or supplied in the EEA. It impacts EEA producers, importers, product distributors and retailers, and users of chemicals in the course of industrial or professional activities. Requirements are phased-in over several years.
Cisco supports the overall REACH objective of improving the protection of human health and the environment, and has a comprehensive compliance program in place to help ensure that applicable obligations are met within the specified timeframes.
Cisco is strongly committed to working with customers and its supply chain to implement the REACH requirements and help ensure continued compliance. Additionally, Cisco works with electronics industry peers to promote common regulatory and industry approaches to REACH compliance.
Cisco REACH Declaration: Duty to Communicate Information on Substances in Articles*
The delivered product and product packaging, based on Cisco's knowledge, do not contain chemical substances included on the REACH Candidate List** in a concentration above 0.1 percent weight by weight (w/w). Cables supplied with the product may contain the following substances on the Candidate List:
Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) (CAS No 85-68-7, EC No 201-622-7)
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (CAS No 84-74-2, EC No 201-557-4)
Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) (CAS No 117-81-7, EC No 204-211-0)
Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) (CAS No 84-69-5, EC No 201-553-2)
This declaration will be updated as soon as any changes occur or new relevant substances are added to the REACH Candidate List. Information is currently provided to recipients of Cisco products in product shipment documentation and to consumers upon request. Visit this site regularly for up-to-date information. Alternatively, email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006: Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), Article 33.
Brominated Flame Retardants and Polyvinyl Chloride
Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are included in the Cisco controlled substances specification, a primary element of our hazardous substance management policy. Cisco has been working with our research and development teams, manufacturing partners, industry standards technical committees, and academia to validate proposed alternatives for BFRs and PVC in our products.
We have continued to identify, confirm, and endorse alternatives for plastics containing BFR and PVC that are used in our products. Over the last 2 to 3 years, we have performed material assessments, surveyed suppliers, and identified the areas within our business where we could have the greatest influence and success transitioning to BFR- and PVC-free materials. This issue is most relevant to Cisco as it relates to printed circuit boards, Cisco-designed plastic parts, and cables. Findings from these efforts for each area are described in the following sections:
BFRs in Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs)
In 2011, Cisco performed its own reliability and signal integrity testing of new laminate alternatives by way of new material qualification processes. As a result, Cisco qualified new PCB laminate materials that do not have halogenated flame retardants for use in new products in the high-end switching and routing spaces. In 2012, Cisco continued to qualify more halogen-free PCB laminate materials and has increased the use of these materials on many new products. Cisco will continue to research new laminate materials as they become available and will continue to apply them to new products where performance requirements can be met.
BFRs and PVC in Cisco-Designed Plastic Parts
Cisco is monitoring the plastic resins used in Cisco- designed plastics. In FY12, we continued to gather information on the presence of BFRs and PVC in Cisco- designed plastic parts provided to or manufactured for Cisco. Our research found that over 75 percent of resin compounds (by part volume) used in Cisco products use resins that are BFR- and PVC-free. Those Cisco- designed components that do contain BFR or PVC are generally small in mass (less than 25 grams) and are used in products with relatively low sales volumes. Cisco will continue to research and propose BFR- and PVC-free alternatives in our products and as part of the design- for-environment guidelines; the use of BFR- and PVC-free alternative materials in plastics is recommended for all new designs.
PVC in Cables
Cisco is helping to lead reductions in cable PVC content through the iNEMI PVC Alternatives Project, which is focused on conducting cradle-to-grave life-cycle assessment of PVC and non-PVC jacketing in cables to better understand the environmental trade-offs of standard, non-halogen, and bio-based cable jacketing. Cisco also is monitoring the industry for PVC-free cabling materials and has invited cable manufacturers and resin suppliers to present on industry updates and challenges. Cisco will continue its efforts to identify, test, and implement PVC-free cabling as opportunities arise.
Hazardous substances are those chemicals and substances that are legislatively, market, or customer restricted for use in products or manufacturing.
What is RoHS?
RoHS is the acronym used to refer to the European Union (EU) Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
What are the RoHS listed substances?
The six RoHS regulated substances are lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr+6), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE).
Do any Cisco products contain RoHS substances?
Yes. Most electrical and electronic products use exempted applications of RoHS substances, which are allowed under RoHS. RoHS substances in Cisco RoHS-compliant products are either less than the specified RoHS limits, or fall under allowed exemptions exercised by Cisco.
What does the CE marking in Cisco products indicate?
The CE marking in products supplied by Cisco for the EEA market means that the relevant conformity assessment procedures have been fulfilled and products meet the appropriate provisions of the relevant EU legislation providing for its affixing (e.g., safety, health and environmental protection). From January 2013 products supplied for the EEA bearing the CE marking are also presumed to be in conformity with the applicable RoHS2 requirements.
What is Cisco's approach to continuous compliance?
Cisco has robust compliance processes and infrastructure in place. In the context of RoHS2, Cisco adheres to the European Harmonized standard EN 50581:2012 developed by the European Standardization Body CENELEC to, among others, provide presumption of conformity with the RoHS2 requirements.
Can Cisco provide companies with product conformity declarations?
Declarations are found here (self-service). Formal EU Declarations of Conformity (DoCs) including RoHS2 are made available therein within the specified regulatory timeframes.
What is Cisco's point of contact for more information about its RoHS program?
For more information on Cisco's RoHS program, contact email@example.com or your Cisco business representative.
Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) FAQ
What is REACH?
The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, commonly referred to as REACH, is the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries' broad chemicals legislation.
REACH establishes a single regulatory framework for gathering and assessing information on properties and risks linked to the application of chemicals and, if required, potentially restricting chemicals of most concern. Specifically, REACH entails registering nearly 30,000 chemicals over 11 years, and evaluating and authorizing or phasing out the most harmful ones in favor of viable safer alternatives
Why should I be concerned about the REACH regulation?
If your company ships product or chemical substances into the EEA or you have other operations in the EEA, you need to be aware of the REACH regulations and determine if and how you are affected by them. You should seek legal advice on how REACH affects your operations.
What is Cisco's position regarding this regulation?
Cisco is committed to meeting the requirements of applicable laws and regulations, including the REACH regulation. Read the Cisco REACH position at www.cisco.com/go/reach.
What is Cisco's strategy for REACH compliance?
Cisco has a comprehensive REACH compliance program in place to help ensure that applicable obligations are met within the specified timeframes. Additionally, Cisco works with electronics industry peers to promote common regulatory and industry approaches to REACH compliance.
How is Cisco dealing with REACH's Article 33 obligation to communicate information on Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) identified in the Candidate List in products?
Cisco works proactively with its supply chain and industry research workgroups to determine Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) applications in products and provides recipients of Cisco products with relevant information as mandated by the REACH regulation.
In addition, Cisco is managing Article 33 obligations by providing information to recipients of Cisco products in product shipment documentation every time products are being made available for distribution or use within the EEA. Information is also provided to consumers upon request.
Cisco will update its REACH Article 33 declaration should any changes occur or new relevant substances be added to the ECHA Candidate List. The Cisco REACH team closely monitors the status of the Candidate List and related developments as part of our ongoing compliance program.
How is Cisco impacted by REACH (pre-)registration obligations?
Cisco currently neither manufactures nor imports any chemical substances into the EEA on their own or in preparations in quantities of 1 ton or more per year. Cisco's EEA-produced and imported articles do not contain chemical substances intended to be released during the normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of the product's use as defined by the REACH regulation and existing guidance.
Cisco does not currently have a direct REACH obligation to preregister and potentially register substances, but Cisco has worked and continues to work closely with EEA-based suppliers to help ensure that they are in compliance with REACH obligations, directly or through an actor within their supply chain, and that substances, and suppliers and Cisco's uses, are registered within the specified timeframes, and properly assessed during registration, by suppliers or an actor further up their supply chain.
Cisco will continue seeking guarantees that suppliers comply with all relevant REACH requirements and ensure continued supplies to secure its operations and protect business relations.
Will you discontinue or change any products as a result of REACH?
Cisco does not plan to discontinue or change any product as a result of meeting the requirements of the REACH regulation. Should the need arise, products will be discontinued or changed through Cisco's standard product lifecycle processes.
Where can I get more information on Cisco's REACH program?
For more information on Cisco's REACH program, visit the Cisco REACH website: www.cisco.com/go/reach. We encourage you to visit the site regularly for up-to-date information.
If you haven't registered before, please follow the instructions on the web page to register and then try to log in. Note that it may take 24 hours for your account to be active.
Once you have access you must follow the following steps:
1. Select the Product Certifications by country
2. Enter the necessary information (product ID or product family)
3. Your results will be displayed
4. Under DofC number ("EUXXXXX") there is a clickable link. Click the corresponding product ID link, which will open the RoHS approval (Please select document listed under EMC or Safety).