We ensure that the raw materials used in our products meet all relevant criteria in terms of environmental protection and social responsibility.
Our general health and environmental declarations of conformity with regard to RoHS and REACH are included below.
RoHS stands for Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances and for the RoHS directive of the European Union. The objective of the RoHS Directive is to restrict the use of specified substances in electrical or electronic equipment and components, which are hazardous to health and the environment. Emphasis is placed on especially toxic and environmentally hazardous substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).
REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals, and for EC REACH regulation no. 1907/2006 of the European Union. Its formulation is more general than that of the RoHS directive and thus it applies not only to electrical and electronic products. In this case as well, emphasis is placed on the protection of health and the environment by systematically controlling the introduction of potentially hazardous chemicals to the market.
An especially important environmental goal is the prevention or reduction of waste originating from electrical and electronic equipment by means of reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery. This is set forth in European WEEE directive 2012/19/EU (Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment). The WEEE Directive was adopted into German national law by means of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG) of 2015, which was amended in 2018 and 2021 (ElektroG2 and ElektroG3 respectively). International standards and guidelines (ISO) for environmentally compatible product development are emerging in addition to these directives.
Manufacturers must ensure the collection, processing and recycling of devices listed in annex IA of the WEEE directive, which have been introduced to the market after the 13th of August, 2005. Germany has merged these directives into the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG). ElektroG came into force in March 2005.
As a registered manufacturer, Gossen Metrawatt GmbH undertakes to cooperate effectively with EU-wide national WEEE clearing agencies (in Germany: EAR). This also applies to EU-wide national collection systems. Our WEEE registration number is: DE 72794336
Our devices bear the trademarked, registered company logo as shown in the figure.
of all instruments affected by WEEE since 13 August 2005.
The date of manufacture can be determined as follows from the serial number or from the labels on GOSSEN METRAWATT instruments:
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of instruments affected by WEEE at the end of their lifecycle (WEEE categories 4 (large devices) and 5 (small devices).