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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 primary 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 comply 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 comply with testing and robust engineering design.

 

How your platforms can be compliant

 

 

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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 canvasses, collects, and records updated supplier declarations. Supplier statements of compliance are consolidated to produce our Declarations of Compliance for UNICOM Engineering integrated products.

REACH
  • 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.
    Download the UNICOM Engineering, Inc. REACH Declaration. For additional information or supplier reporting instructions, visit our REACH section.
  • To request a REACH declaration specific to a Customer SKU, contact your Account Manager.
Conflict Minerals
RoHS 2011/65/EU and Amendments
  • RoHS compliance declarations are available for our Customer products upon request. To request SKU level RoHS declarations, contact your Account Manager.
  • For additional information or to review supplier reporting instructions, visit our RoHS section.
China RoHS
Packaging and Packing Materials
Batteries

Questions? Contact the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Compliance Specialist at 972-673-1373.

 

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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 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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Obtain a Declaration of RoHS Compliance for your Product Platform

China RoHS compliance declarations are available for our Customer products upon request. To request SKU level China RoHS declarations, contact your Account Manager.

Questions? Contact the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Compliance Specialist at 972-673-1373.

 

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UNICOM Engineering supports and respects the protection of human rights, including the fundamental 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.


Supplier Declarations

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 rely on declarations of compliance from the complex global value chain of suppliers and other stakeholders who provide the parts used in the products we build. In addition, UNICOM Engineering expects suppliers to implement controls on their own supply chain, so they are able to provide us this information to demonstrate that any 3TG in the parts we purchase from them are “conflict-free.”

On a scheduled basis, UNICOM Engineering will request Suppliers to provide a Conflict Minerals declaration. The periodicity of the request will be determined by the Compliance Manager at UNICOM Engineering.

Supplier/OEM agrees to respond to update requests from UNICOM Engineering promptly in one of the formats listed below.

Reporting Formats (select one):
  1. Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT)
    a) Download and complete the latest Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) to declare mineral country of origin, smelters and refiners.
    b) Check declared smelters and refiners against our Smelters Issues List. Address documented concerns and take appropriate action.

  2. Conflict Minerals Disclosure Statements
    Any declaration form or statement other than a CMRT and originating with the Supplier or OEM shall be considered a legally binding document.
    Company-wide or SEC Disclosure Statements are acceptable if they are available in the reader’s language and include:

    • Manufacturer’s Name
    • Manufacturer’s contact information
    • Contact Email Address
    • Reference to the Conflict Minerals (or Responsible Minerals Initiative) Directive
    • Assertion that the company or product complies with the Directive.
      Declare:
      • Which 3TG minerals, if any, are added or used in the product(s) or production process
      • Whether any 3TG remains in the product(s)
      • Whether any smelters in your supply chain source 3TG from covered countries or conflict-affected areas
    • List or appendix of all identified smelter names and CID numbers
    • Working URL to Supplier’s current Conflict Minerals Sourcing Policy (if available)
    • Date of Declaration
    • Certifier Name or legally binding signature on behalf of the organization
Submitting CMRT or Conflict Minerals Statement

Return a copy of the completed CMRT or Supplier statement(s) to the Compliance Manager or Compliance Specialist in Regulatory Compliance for our records, or submit a copy to regulatory.compliance@unicomengineering.com.

UNICOM Engineering Declaration

Download the company-wide UNICOM Engineering Conflict Minerals CMRT. For more information, view our Conflict Minerals Policy Statement.

Additional Conflict Minerals Resources

For additional information about the Responsible Minerals Initiative or guidance completing the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template, visit the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) website at https://www.responsiblemineralsinitiative.org/conflict-minerals-reporting-template/training/.

Also, see our: Supplier Product On-Boarding Checklist section.

Questions? Contact the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Compliance Specialist at 972-673-1373.

 

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Batteries

To protect our customers, ourselves, and all parties involved in handling and transport, UNICOM Engineering requires that all Supplier products with batteries, whether contained in systems or shipped separately, comply with the regulations as noted below.

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 dimethyl fumarate (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 are 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 May 16, 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

 

Supplier Declarations

The supplier agrees to provide Battery Transport Safety and SDS (Safety Data Sheet) documentation to UNICOM Engineering upon request.

If the supplier battery is not listed in the table above, complete a Batteries Declaration. Use this template to report Battery Type and dimensions to UNICOM Engineering (see example below).

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

 

Check all applicable Regulations on the form. Sign and date the declaration before returning to regulatory.compliance@unicomengineering.com.

Questions? Contact the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Compliance Specialist at 972-673-1373.

 

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Packaging & Packaging Waste

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, EU (94/62/EC) of December 1994 as amended by 2004/12/EC and 2005/20/EC sets forth measures and deadlines across EU Member States (as well as third countries) which aim to reduce packaging waste and target the impact of packaging waste disposal on health and the environment. The measures outlined in the Directive are intended to:

(1)   prevent the production of packaging waste and
(2)   encourage reuse and recycling, and other forms of packaging waste recovery to finally reduce the volume of packaging waste disposal.

All packaging placed on the EU market and all packaging waste, whether it is used by or released at the industrial, commercial, office, shop, service, household, or other location levels, is covered by the Packaging Directive.

Material Markings

The Packaging Directive promotes the recycling of packaging material waste and requires packaging to be marked with an appropriate category for recycling. Markings must be clearly visible and easily legible on the packaging itself or on the packaging label.

Heavy Metals

The Packaging Directive limits the total concentration of four heavy metals:

  • Lead (0.1%)
  • Mercury (0.1%)
  • Cadmium (0.1%)
  • Hexavalent chromium (0.1%)

To comply with the Directive, all packaging and packing materials, whether prefabricated or manufactured or fabricated following a UNICOM Engineering mechanical drawing, must contain no more than the maximum concentration values shown, tolerated by weight in homogeneous materials. The sum of concentration of lead, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium present in packaging or packaging components shall NOT exceed 100 ppm by weight.


Supplier Declarations

Although packaging and packing materials might be manufactured according to a UNICOM Engineering mechanical drawing, certificates of compliance by the Supplier are still required to cover the constituency of the materials used in the manufacturing process or fabrication of the product.

Any deliverable (packaging and packing materials; tape or foam), whether prefabricated or produced following a UNICOM Engineering mechanical drawing, shall meet the expectations of the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Specification (502-1063-00). Product packaging test reports must be available from the manufacturer and must be auditable upon request of UNICOM Engineering.

Suppliers agree to declare packaging for their product to UNICOM Engineering in one of the acceptable formats outlined below.

Packaging Directive Reporting Formats (choose one):
  1. Manufacturer Certificate of Compliance Certificates originating with the OEM are acceptable if they are available in the reader’s language and include:
    • Manufacturer’s name
    • Manufacturer contact information
    • Contact Email address
    • Reference to the Packaging Directive
    • Assertion that the product complies to UNICOM Engineering Environmental Specification (502-1063-00), or to the named Packaging Directive
    • Statement attesting the combined weight of packaging and packing components contains less than 100 ppm by weight (≤ 0.1% w/w) of lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium.
    • List of material components of the packaging and weight of materials in grams
    • Date of Declaration
    • Certifier Name or legally binding signature on behalf of the organization.

  2. UNICOM Engineering Packaging Declaration
    Download and complete the Packaging Declaration template (496-0107-00) provided by UNICOM Engineering.

Submitting Certificates of Compliance

Suppliers agree to only provide packaging and packing materials in conformance to UNICOM Engineering Environmental Specification (502-1063-00), and to provide certificates declaring compliance to the Packaging Directive:

a) At the request of Mechanical Engineering or the Compliance Specialist at UNICOM Engineering;
b) If requested by UNICOM Engineering at the time of order placement;
c) Upon initial delivery of a part to UNICOM Engineering per purchase order (PO);
d) At the time a replacement or revised product is supplied to UNICOM engineering for an existing PO;
e) Periodically upon request.

Certificates declaring conformance to the Packaging Directive are returned upon request to the Compliance Manager, Compliance Specialist, or Mechanical Engineer at UNICOM Engineering, or to regulatory.Compliance@unicomengineering.com.

Additional Resources

To learn more about the European Commission Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/63/EC and its amendments, visit https://ec.europa.eu/environment/waste/packaging/index_en.htm.

Questions? Contact the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Compliance Specialist at 972-673-1373.

 

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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.
  • All suppliers of components, materials, modules, products or subassemblies, and packaging materials will review the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Specification when supplying any new product or revised product to UNICOM Engineering.
  • Suppliers will provide documentation to UNICOM Engineering in the written or electronic format requested for the Regulations bulleted below to demonstrate product compliance.

Product Compliance

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

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

Suppliers will submit all completed declarations to regulatory.compliance@unicomengineering.com.

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.

 

Questions? Contact the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Compliance Specialist at 972-673-1373.

 

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Supplier Product On-Boarding Checklist

As a system integrator, UNICOM Engineering does not manufacture or contract the manufacture of components. Instead, we rely on declarations of compliance from a complex global value chain of suppliers and other stakeholders who provide the parts used in the products we build.

UNICOM Engineering monitors the components and sub-assemblies used in our products to ensure they meet or exceed conformance requirements. We hold our suppliers to high standards as defined by local, regional, and international laws and regulations, international standards, and best practices to protect ourselves and the Customers we serve.

Use this page as a "checklist" to review items required by UNICOM Engineering and Regulatory Compliance. Track your own onboarding process as a Supplier with UNICOM Engineering. Follow the links for additional explanations and helpful tools.


Supply Chain Responsibility

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.

Attestation:  Supplier has reviewed and shall comply with:

UNICOM Engineering Environmental Specification

All Suppliers to UNICOM Engineering of components, materials, modules, products or subassemblies, and packaging materials shall review The UNICOM Engineering Environmental Specification when supplying any new product or revised product to UNICOM Engineering. When UNICOM Engineering re-orders, a supplier review of this Specification is required if materials or the processes for creating the product have changed.

Attestation:  Supplier has reviewed the Specification and attests that products supplied to UNICOM Engineering meet the requirements of:

UNICOM Engineering Environmental Specification (502-1063-00)

Compliance and Product Applicability

UNICOM Engineering is committed to minimizing the social and environmental impact of our operations and the products we build. We take a proactive approach to meet environmental regulations locally, regionally, and globally. Our Suppliers are expected to certify their deliverables meet or exceed applicable environmental standards.

Applicability

Jurisdiction

Regulations followed by UNICOM Engineering can fall within the jurisdiction of various States within the United States, Member States of the European Union (EU), and/or jurisdictions outside the EU Member States.

  • Supplier agrees to provide statements or certificates of compliance to meet the needs of UNICOM Engineering irrespective of where the Supplier is located.
Documentation and Verification
  • Supplier will provide documentation to UNICOM Engineering in the written or electronic format requested for the Regulations to demonstrate product compliance, as outlined in the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Specification (502-1063-00).
  • All deliverables supplied to UNICOM Engineering will comply with the latest version of the Regulations.
  • Data analysis, test reports, supplier data, or other technical documentation in support of compliance certification(s) will be maintained by the Supplier or Certifier and be auditable upon request.
Supplier Declarations

Any declaration form or statement originating with the Supplier shall be considered a legally binding document. Declarations submitted by the Supplier should be available in the reader's language.

Use helpful links below for additional information or to access reporting templates.

Conflict Minerals
REACH
RoHS
  • RoHS Reporting Template. Use this UNICOM Engineering data collection form (DCF) to declare parts individually or universally.
  • Visit our RoHS section for additional information and reporting formats.
China RoHS
  • Supplier's own China RoHS Declaration of Conformance. Must meet information criteria.
  • Visit our China RoHS section for additional information.                                               
Packaging and Packaging Waste
Batteries
  • Supplier agrees to provide Battery Transport Safety and SDS (Safety Data Sheet) documentation to UNICOM Engineering upon request.
  • Batteries Declaration Template
  • Visit our Batteries section for additional information              

Questions? Contact the UNICOM Engineering Environmental Compliance Specialist at 972-673-1373.

 

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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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