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Our Regulatory Compliance Services ensure that products & solutions comply with the many global requirements for safety, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and environmental requirements for information technology equipment (ITE).

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product safety

Product Safety

The requirements of IEC 60950-1, defining the general safety requirements for information technology equipment, are applied to all our products. Our main method for ensuring compliance to this international standard is via a CB report and certificate from an internationally recognized national certification body (NCB). We ensure that the differences between this international standard and the various group and national differences published in the CB bulletins are addressed. This is accomplished by either ensuring that the electronics we build with meet this stringent requirement from the manufacturer, or we have them tested by experts, before delivery to our customers.

Environmental Compliance

Environmental Compliance

Protecting our environment is such an important goal that UNICOM Engineering maintains ISO 14001 compliance in addition to ensuring that products are in compliance with the various restrictions on hazardous substances such as REACH and RoHS. The requirements of the European Union (EU) are well known and many countries outside the EU are adopting similar regulations. UNICOM Engineering dedicates resources to ensure the electronics used are in compliance with these regulations.

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

The International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR) requirements developed to ensure that ITE does not interfere with the licensed radio services have been adopted (in some form) by nearly all countries having a regulation on EMC. The major markets of North America and Europe require EMC compliance and UNICOM Engineering ensures our products are in compliance by testing and solid engineering design.

 

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Image-UNICOM-Engineering-pointing-hands.jpgDeclarations of Compliance

Unless otherwise described below, UNICOM Engineering provides Declarations of Compliance at the company level. As a systems integrator, UNICOM Engineering neither manufactures nor contracts the manufacture of the thousands of components typically assembled in our finished goods. Instead, we rely upon statements of compliance from a complex and dynamic base of distributors and suppliers all around the world.

We expect our suppliers to understand and comply with all applicable domestic and international laws and regulations. Through a due diligence framework and our Product Governance & Compliance management system, Regulatory Compliance routinely collects and records updated supplier declarations. Supplier statements of compliance are consolidated to produce Declarations of Compliance for UNICOM Engineering integrated products.

Product Specific REACH Compliance

UNICOM Engineering provides a company level declaration to REACH (EC 1907/2006) which includes all SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) reported across our supplier base. Customers requesting REACH declarations specific to a product will fund the destructive testing necessary to produce product specific results. Contact your Account Manager for details.

REACH
Conflict Minerals
RoHS
  • RoHS 2011/65/EU compliance declarations are available for our Customer SKUs upon request. To request SKU level RoHS declarations, contact your Account Manager. For additional information or for supplier reporting instructions, visit our RoHS section.
China RoHS
Batteries
  • Request a UNICOM Engineering Batteries Declaration of Compliance for your product from your Account Manager, or contact Regulatory Compliance at regulatory.compliance@unicomengineering.com. To view battery regulations by region or to access Supplier’s reporting template for unlisted items, visit our batteries section.

 

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China RoHS

China RoHSCommonly referred to as China RoHS, the Management Methods for Controlling Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products Regulation, was instituted by the Chinese Ministry of Information Industry in 2006. This requirement limits the same substances found in the RoHS Directive of the European Union. For any products that contain the RoHS substances, the Environmental Friendly Use Period (EFUP) must be defined for the term during which toxic and hazardous substances or elements contained in the product will not leak out or mutate so as to cause environmental pollution or serious personal injury or property damage. The example illustrated here lists the EFUP for 10 years.


Declaration

UNICOM Engineering requires a China RoHS Declaration similar to the table shown, as well as the definition of the EFUP for products being shipped to China. Suppliers will be contacted if/when this is required for their product(s). An "X" is placed for any component that contains one of the RoHS substances, and an "O" if the part does not contain the substance.

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UNICOM Engineering supports and respects the protection of human rights, including the basic human rights of workers throughout our supply chain. We believe in treating all people with respect and dignity and incorporate these principles into our business processes and relationships. UNICOM Engineering encourages our suppliers to adhere to the same high standards.

Responsible Sourcing of Minerals

As part of our global approach to the protection of human rights, we believe in the ethical sourcing of materials used in our products.

One area of global concern is the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its adjoining countries (“Covered Countries”). Some mining operations in the Covered Countries are controlled by warring militias who use profits from the sale and trade of certain rare earth minerals to finance violent ongoing, armed conflict the United Nations has linked to human rights violations, labor abuses and environmental degradation. Four of these minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold) commonly referred to as 3TG have been used in electronics.

In August 2012, as required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission adopted Rule 13(p)(1) under the Securities Exchange Act. This Rule requires all public companies annually to report any 3TG contained in products they manufacture or contract to manufacture to the extent 3TG is necessary for the functionality or production of their products.

UNICOM Engineering supports this legislation and is committed to responsible sourcing of 3TG. As a system integrator, UNICOM Engineering does not directly source 3TG from mines, smelters or refiners and is several levels removed from manufacture involving 3TG minerals. Instead, we expect our suppliers to assist us in complying with the Rule by:

In addition, UNICOM Engineering expects suppliers to implement controls on their own supply chains so they are able to provide us this information to demonstrate that any 3TG in the parts we purchase from them are “conflict free.”

For additional information about the Conflict Free initiative or guidance completing the Conflict Minerals Reporting Form, visit the Conflict-free Sourcing Initiative website at www.conflictfreesourcing.org/conflict-minerals-reporting-template/training/.

View the "Conflict Free" Minerals policy statement by UNICOM Engineering.

 

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Batteries

UNICOM Engineering requires that suppliers are in compliance with the regulations noted above. If supplier battery is other than the above, complete the Batteries Declaration Template (see example below) and return to regulatory.compliance@unicomengineering.com.

 

Region Regulation Description
EU 2013/56/EU on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators as regards the placing on the market of portable batteries and accumulators containing cadmium intended for use in cordless power tools, and of button cells with low mercury content
EU 2009/251/CE to ensure that products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF) are not placed or made available on the market
EU 2006/121/EC relating to the classification, packaging and labeling of dangerous substances in order to adapt it to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
entered into force June 1, 2007
China G/TBT/N/CHN/140 Administrative Measures on Electronic Information Pollution Control
Switzerland Ordinance of May 18, 2005 on the Reduction of Risk in the Use of certain hazardous substances, preparations, and articles, and its amendments
USA 49 CFR Subchapter C (as it pertains to the transportation of batteries) Transportation, Hazardous Materials Regulations (as it pertains to the transportation of batteries). Lithium Ion batteries be packaged and shipped in accordance with UN3480, UN3481, P.I. 965, P.I. 966, and P.I. 967
Argentina Law 26.184 and resolutions 14/2007 and 484/2007 prohibition against marketing, manufacturing , assembly and import of primary cells and batteries , with cylindrical or prism , zinc and coal common alkaline manganese
Brazil CONOMA Res. 257/99, amended by CONAMA Res. 401/08 National Waste Law
Turkey Announcement 2009/15 Announcement of Standardization in the Foreign Commerce Concerning the Importation Inspections of the Batteries and Accumulators
Israel SI 990 Mandatory standard: SI 990-Primary batteries: general requirement with reduced environmental impact
India S.O. 432(E) of 16th May, 2001 Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules
Japan (Law no. 48 of 1991) as amended June 2000; Ministerial Ordinance No. 93 of March 2001 Law for Promotion of Effective Utilization of Recyclable Resources
Taiwan Acts 0920042910, 0950079457, & 0980108488  
USA-FL Statutes 403.7192 (Batteries) & 403.708 (Lead-Acid Batteries)
USA-ME 38 MSRA 2165 Regulation of Dry Cell Batteries
USA-MN Statutes 325E.125 General and special purpose battery requirements;
115A.9157 Rechargeable batteries and products;

115A.9155 Disposal of certain dry cell batteries

USA-NH 149-M:28 Title X Public Health, Chapter 149-M Solid Waste Management
USA-NJ 13:1E 99.61-81 Batteries
USA-OR 459.420 Batteries

 

UNICOM Engineering requires that suppliers are in compliance with the regulations noted above. If supplier battery is other than the above, complete the Batteries Declaration Template and return to regulatory.compliance@unicomengineering.com.

Part Number Description Battery Type (Chemical System) Nominal Voltage
(V)
Nominal Capacity
(ma)
Rechargeable?
(Yes/No)
Dimensions
Diameter
(mm)
Height
(mm)
Weight
(g)
CR2032 Lithium (CR Type) Coin Cell Battery Lithium Manganese Dioxide 3 225 No 3.2 20.0 2.9

 

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Packaging & Packaging Waste

Directive 94/62/EC of December 1994 as amended by 2004/12/EC and 2005/20/EC provides measures to prevent the production of packaging waste and, as additional fundamental principles, at reusing packaging, at recycling and other forms of recovering packaging waste and, hence, at reducing the final disposal of such waste.

According to the Directive, total concentration levels of lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium are limited to 100 ppm by weight. In addition, appropriate recycling marks will be clearly visible and easily legible on the packaging itself or on the package label.

 

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Environmental Regulatory Compliance

There are a growing number of environmental regulations and standards that affect product manufacture, the import and export of products, and the disposal of waste and restricted substances.

  • UNICOM Engineering diligently monitors components and sub-assemblies used in our products to ensure they meet or exceed environmental regulatory requirements (hereafter “Regulations”).
  • All products supplied to UNICOM Engineering will comply with the latest version of the Regulations.
  • Suppliers will provide documentation to UNICOM Engineering in the written or electronic format requested for the Regulations bulleted below to demonstrate product compliance.

Refer to the Supplier Product On-Boarding Checklist or click on the topics below for information about the Regulations and Supplier product declaration(s).

  • RoHS
  • China RoHS
  • REACH
  • Batteries
  • Packaging and Packaging Waste

Submit all completed declarations to: regulatory.compliance@unicomengineering.com.

UNICOM Engineering regularly monitors new release or updates to Regulations. Periodically, we contact our Suppliers for compliance updates. Suppliers agree to provide compliance updates promptly when requested periodically by UNICOM Engineering.

Other Requirements

Additional regulations that apply to electronics equipment are contained in the table below. UNICOM Engineering will contact suppliers related to these on an as needed basis.

Region
Regulation
Description
EU 2012/19/EU
WEEE Directive on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) calls for producers to provide the information set out in Annex X on the national register of its member state. For branded products, the brand owner is expected to register. For unbranded products, the original equipment manufacturer provides the appropriate registrations. UNICOM Engineering provides the disassembly instructions for recycling.
EU 2001/19/EU
DMF Directive prohibits products containing dimethylfumarate (DMF). This was primarily used in silica gel desiccants which are not used by UNICOM Engineering.

 

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Supplier Product On-Boarding Checklist

UNICOM Engineering, Inc. has fully adopted the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct. We expect our supply chain partners to abide by the Code and ensure that their suppliers also comply.

As a system integrator, we are dependent upon our suppliers and other stakeholders to help us fulfill conformance requirements and regulatory obligations locally and globally.

Use this list to review the items required by UNICOM Engineering and Regulatory Compliance. Follow the links for additional explanation and helpful tools. Save the page as a “checklist” to track your own on-boarding process with UNICOM Engineering.

Conflict Minerals
REACH
RoHS
  • UNICOM Engineering RoHS Data Collection Form (DCF). Where declaration applies to one or more parts.
  • The IPC Generator Tool
  • Supplier's Own RoHS Declaration of Conformance. Must meet information criteria.
China RoHS
  • Supplier's own China RoHS Declaration of Conformance. Must meet information criteria.
  • The IPC Generator Tool
Additional Environmental Declarations
  • Batteries
  • Packaging and Packaging Waste

 

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The IPC Generator Tool

REACH, RoHS, China RoHS

A comprehensive but user friendly tool can be accessed at www.totalpartsplus.com/ipcgenerator for creating and sharing REACH, RoHS, and China RoHS declarations.


  1. See UNICOM Engineering’s illustrated guide to completing an IPC form.
  2. Enter the necessary information for one or more of the declarations above.
  3. Export your finished report to XML format
  4. Generate a PDF of the report

Email the XML file and a copy of the PDF to: regulatory.compliance@unicomengineering.com.

Regulatory Compliance at UNICOM Engineering is happy to help if you have questions about completing the IPC form.

Visit Total Parts Plus (TPP) for additional information. Find the IPC Generator Tool under the Products menu at home.totalpartsplus.com/products-landing/.

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