Compliance with EU Directives and Regulations
AudioSigns Ltd and its products are in compliance with all relevant European Union directives and regulations. Many of these are aimed at environmental protection as well as consumer health and safety with respect to the manufacture, supply and use of Audiosigns products. A brief summary of the key pieces of applicable EU legislation and Audiosigns’ compliance with them can be found below.
Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS Directive)
Audiosigns products are fully compliant with the RoHS Directive, and none of Audiosigns’ electrical and electronic equipment contains more than the legally accepted levels of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls (PBB), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) and RoHS 3 Phthalate compounds.
Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30/EU (EMC Directive)
Electrical devices influence each other when they are interconnected or close to each other. The purpose of the EMC Directive is to keep these side effects under control. Audiosigns submits its electrical and electronic products to independant testing to ensure that, when near other electrical and electronic products, they do not cause and are not duly affected by electromagnetic interference.
Low Voltage Directive 2014/35/EU (LVD)
Under the Low Voltage Directive, electrical equipment must be made so as to protect people, domestic animals and property from injury which could otherwise occur from electrical contact, and from hazards caused by external influences, such as mechanical dangers, chemical dangers or health risks caused by noise, vibrations or ergonomic factors. Audiosigns complies with the Low Voltage Directive in the manufacture and testing of its products.
Directive 2012/19/EU on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE Directive)
The WEEE Directive aims to encourage everyone to reuse and recycle electrical and electronic equipment. Under the WEEE Directive, producers are encouraged to design and produce equipment taking these considerations into account and are responsible for financing the management of waste from the electrical and electronic equipment that they put on the market. Audiosigns cooperates with authorised regional institutions to facilitate the proper collection, recovery, recycling, and environmentally sound disposal of electrical and electronic equipment.
Directive 2006/66/EC on Batteries and Accumulators and Waste Batteries and Accumulators and repealing Directive 91/157/EEC (Batteries Directive)
Like the WEEE Directive, the Batteries Directive aims to reduce the environmental impact of the manufacture, distribution, use, disposal and recycling of batteries and rechargeable batteries. In doing so, it forbids the supply of batteries and rechargeable batteries with certain hazardous metal content and sets out requirements for batteries’ labelling, safe removal from appliances, collection and recycling. The Duracell & Varta Indutrial grade batteries supplied with Audiosigns products are fully compliant with these requirements and consumers can find information on how their batteries can be removed and recycled safely in their product manual.
Directive 2009/125/EC establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products (ErP Directive)
Audiosigns’s products are categorised as energy-related products under the ErP Directive. The ErP Directive sets a framework for the implementation of measures applicable to specific product categories. Audiosigns takes steps to ensure that, where applicable, its products will be compliant with the Standby/Off mode Regulation (1275/2008) and the External Power Supply Regulation (278/2009).
Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
Although other legislation continues to exist, REACH is now the main piece of legislation controlling the manufacture, importation and use of chemicals in the EU. REACH aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment and effectively gives greater responsibility to industry to manage the risks from chemicals. As Audiosigns neither manufactures nor imports chemicals, it is not required to directly register under REACH. However, as a downstream user, Audiosigns takes steps to ensure that its suppliers are REACH compliant as applicable. In addition to the registration and authorisation requirements, REACH contains complete restrictions on the use of certain substances, including phthalates, with which Audiosigns products are fully compliant.
General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GSPD)
The GPSD sets a general safety requirement for all consumer products and imposes obligations on producers of consumer products to monitor the safety of their products and to take steps in the event they learn they have placed an unsafe product on the EU market. In so far as there are no specific provisions in any of the above-mentioned Directives governing a particular safety aspect of Audiosigns’s products, Audiosigns always has regard to the general safety requirement imposed by the GPSD in the design, manufacture and supply of its products.
General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679/EC (GDPR)
CE marking is a requirement of certain European Directives categorised as “New Approach” Directives (which include many of those above). The CE mark is a declaration by the manufacturer that its product meets all the appropriate requirements of the applicable directive(s). Audiosigns products bear the CE marking as evidence that Audiosigns has taken the necessary steps to ensure that its products meet the relevant product requirements.