Photometrics continually strives to conduct business in a manner consistent with sound environmental management practices. We have a long history of implementing improvements on our own initiative to conserve natural resources and minimize the use of environmentally sensitive materials.
Thus, it should come as no surprise that we wholeheartedly support the content and spirit of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 on the "Restriction of Hazardous Substances " in electrical and electronic equipment (commonly referred to as the RoHS Directive).
In keeping with our philosophy of proactive environmental responsibility, we are diligently pursuing immediate RoHS compliance — even though there is no current legal requirement for us to do so.
Toward this end, we have retained a highly esteemed Europe-based consultant with a great deal of experience in environmental laws and regulations. The consultant's meticulously researched report declares that our products will eventually be subject to RoHS requirements under the directive's Category 9 classification (i.e., monitoring and control instruments). Such requirements are expected to come into effect in 2014.
As a company that has always been firmly committed to environmentally responsible practices, Photometrics is in complete accord with the content and spirit of Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 on "Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment" (commonly referred to as the WEEE Directive). The WEEE Directive applies to all products placed on the controlled market after 13 August 2005.
At present, any Photometrics product may be returned to our facility in Tucson, Arizona, USA, for proper disposal. We have placed great emphasis on creating a truly easy-to-use return process for our many customers around the world. To return a product for disposal, customers simply need to contact our customer service department to obtain an RMA number authorizing the return.
We are pleased that our current disposal process is a relatively streamlined one. Of course, we are still busy evaluating other options that will further reduce the transport overhead of recycled products. Every day, we are actively working with design engineers, vendors, and additional key partners to enact even more efficient end-of-life strategies for our products!