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Declarations

LINAK® is committed to providing our customers with products that meet a high standard of innovation, performance and environmental safety. This high standard of compliance is also set as a requirement for our suppliers. Achieving this target requires the ability to quickly adapt to the following environmental regulations, directives, and conventions:

 

REACH

The Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals regulation is a European regulation on chemicals. LINAK supports the objectives of the REACH (Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006) and complies with the following regulations:

  • Candidate List of SVHCs
  • REACH Annex XIV – Authorisation list
  • REACH Annex XVII – Restriction List

On 27 June 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added Lead to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). (www.echa.europa.eu/web/guest/candidate-list-table).

A part of the LINAK product range is affected by this inclusion, meaning that Lead is contained in some products with a concentration of above 0.1% (w/w). Where reasonably and technically possible, LINAK aims to substitute Lead in our products.

Read more about the REACH statement of LINAK.

 

RoHS

Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is a European directive (Directive 2011/65/EU and Directive 2015/863) that restricts the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. At LINAK, we are continuously monitoring new forthcoming regulations in the EU RoHS directive. All LINAK products are RoHS compliant at all times.

Read more about the current valid RoHS statement of LINAK.

 

PFAS

PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) are a large, complex group of synthetic chemicals that are difficult for the environment to degrade. For this reason, PFAS are also known as "forever chemicals".

LINAK is aware that the manufacturing and usage of PFAS are in the process of being restricted under REACH, and we are currently in the process of documenting our use of PFAS (analysis expected to be completed by Q2-2024). We support and keep up to date with the REACH restriction proposal to ensure that our products continue to meet the REACH requirements.

Read our LINAK PFAS statement.

 

Battery Directive

The Battery Directive (2006/66/EC and Directive 2013/56/EC) sets rules regarding placing batteries, accumulators, and waste batteries on the market containing hazardous substances. It also sets specific rules for the collection, treatment, recycling and discarding of waste batteries and accumulators. LINAK complies with and meets all obligations related to this directive, including marking batteries with crossed-out wheelie-bin and chemical signs: Pb (lead), Cd (cadmium) and/or Hg (mercury) – according to which chemical that exists in which battery, above threshold.

 

Proposition 65

Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986) is a Californian law that requires businesses to notify Californians about significant chemicals that cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. By analysing item specifications, internal and external data gathering, LINAK has identified a number of products that currently require a warning label to be applied when shipping to California.

Read more about the Proposition 65 statement of LINAK.

 

Medical Devices Regulation (MDR)

The MDR entered into force on 25 May 2017 and has been mandatory since 26 May 2021.

LINAK products are not classified as medical electrical equipment or systems, nor do they fall within the scope of the EU Medical Device Directive/Regulation or other similar national regulations. The products are components to be built into a piece of medical electrical equipment by a manufacturer. However, we acknowledge the need for medical device manufacturers to be informed about substance content.

The MDR requires the manufacturer of medical devices to state whether the medical device contains Latex or not. Regarding Latex, we can inform, to the best of our knowledge, that none of our MEDLINE® products contain this substance.

As this is an ongoing process, we will provide information about progress in a timely manner.

 

POP

POPs (Commission Regulation (EU) No 2019/1021 on Persistent Organic Pollutants/Stockholm Convention, is a list of chemical substances posing a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment. LINAK complies with the chemical substances listed in the POP regulation.

 

Minamata Convention on Mercury

LINAK is subject to The Minamata Convention on Mercury, as signed by Denmark on 10 October 2013 and approved on 18 May 2017. Therefore, LINAK complies with this convention that aims to protect human health and the environment from releases of mercury and mercury compounds.

 

Packaging and packaging waste directive

LINAK declares that our basic packaging method is cardboard boxes on disposable pallets, heat-treated according to IPPC standard ISPM No. 15, comply with the Packaging and Packaging Waste directives 2018/852, 2004/12/EC and the amendment in 94/62/EC. See statement in QA-16-09-008.

 

Biocompatibility

LINAK MEDLINE® & CARELINE® products, intended to be incorporated into electrical medical equipment and systems, comply with IEC 60601-1:2012 clause 11.7. All parts of the products that in normal use can come into contact with the skin surface of the patient or the user, are assessed. Assessment is according to post-marked experience and the nature and duration of anticipated contact with human tissues when in use. The assessment is based on LINAK products being non-invasive and in contact with intact skin only. Declaration of Biocompatibility.pdf

 

EU Ecolabel

Established in 1992 and recognised across Europe and worldwide, the EU Ecolabel is a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standards throughout their life cycle. The EU Ecolabel is a voluntary label promoting environmental excellence that can be trusted and, among others, demands that ingredients taking the users into account. The Ecolabel applies to, for example, furniture, and more and more furniture manufacturers are applying for this label for their products. LINAK manufactures components, not end products; thus, LINAK products are not within the scope for the EU Ecolabel. But, as we deliver components used in furniture, we pay attention to the demands and standards, and several of our standard DESKLINE® products meet these demands. If you would like to know more about which LINAK DESKLINE products can help you achieve the EU Ecolabel, please contact your local subsidiary, or use this e-mail chemicalcompliance@linak.com.

 

WEEE directive (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)

Some of the LINAK products are marked with a crossed-out wheeled bin symbol. This symbol indicates that the product falls into the scope of the WEEE Directive and must not be disposed of into unsorted waste.

By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly you help prevent potential negative effects on the environment and human health due to inappropriate waste treatment. Please ask your local authorities or your European retailer for information about the disposal locations for this product.

It is the responsibility of the user of the electronic product to separate the battery - in so far as is technically possible - prior to disposal. It is also the responsibility of the user to delete any personal data in so far as is applicable.

LINAK is registered with the relevant authorities in the countries where LINAK falls into the scope of the producer definition of the WEEE Directive and finances its recycling contributions accordingly.

 

PVC-Free™

PVC-Free™ products from LINAK include cables, control boxes, columns, and actuators, as well as control panels – all available for desks, workstations, or kitchen applications. For more information see the link below or contact your local subsidiary.

LINAK PVC-Free™: Eco-friendly electric linear actuator systems

 

ZERO™ standby technology

LINAK ZERO™ technology keeps standby power consumption in adjustable office desks, work stations, and kitchen applications as low as <0.1W – reducing CO₂ emissions to an absolute minimum.

LINAK has developed ZERO™ technology for most control boxes and has set new standards for what is considered a responsible standby consumption in applications such as office desks. Contact your local subsidiary for more information.

 

Recycled materials

Environmental Product Summary (EPS)
For some LINAK DESKLINE systems, LINAK has created an Environmental Product Summary. The declaration states the amount of recycled and recyclable material used in the systems, based on a thorough evaluation of the products and on input from suppliers.

LINAK is committed to providing our customers with products that meet high standards in innovation, performance, and environmental care. Please find the available EPS documents below:

 

How LINAK ensures Component Compliance
LINAK makes all reasonable efforts to ensure appropriate and timely handling of updates in the directive and regulations. Responsibilities and appropriate resources have been assigned to enable us to comply, and LINAK has set up a procedure to handle and ensure chemical compliance. As a part of this procedure, LINAK uses a third-party data management solution to gather information. This information is provided by the suppliers in the form of declarations, which are then uploaded in the aforementioned database and monitored by us regularly.

If you need more information or have other requests regarding chemical compliance, please contact chemicalcompliance@linak.com

 

Dodd-Frank Act on Conflict Minerals

Background
In August 2012, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Final Rule regarding the sourcing of conflict minerals as defined in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502. This rule applies to publicly traded US companies, and requires these companies to report their usage of conflict minerals originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the SEC on an annual basis.

The US Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act because of concerns that the exploitation and trade with minerals from the DRC and neighbouring countries was financing armed groups, and thereby fuelling the ongoing conflict in the area. It is widely reported that armed groups fight for control of mines and use forced labour to mine and transport minerals. The income from these illegal activities funds conflicts in the DRC region and contributes to an emergency humanitarian crisis.

The conflict minerals within the scope of the SEC Final Rule are tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG), both in the form of ore and as refined materials. The countries concerned include: the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Republic of Congo, Central African Republic (CAR), South Sudan, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Angola, Burundi, and Tanzania.

The Dodd-Frank Act is only applicable to US-listed companies, but their suppliers will also be involved in ensuring compliance with the Act as a contractual obligation.

What is required by a US-listed company?
US-listed companies that use any of the 3TG’s in their products are required to perform a ‘Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry’ (RCOI). The enquiry must be performed in good faith, and must be designed to determine whether any of the conflict minerals originated from the covered countries, or are from scrap or recycling sources. US-listed companies must submit an annual Conflict Minerals Report to the SEC, with a description of the RCOI process and results.

US-listed companies must undertake due diligence on the source and supply chain of its conflict minerals, if there is reason to believe that the minerals have originated in the covered countries and the minerals are not from scrap or recycling sources.

The SEC classifies the US-listed companies’ products as “DRC Conflict Free”, “Not DRC Conflict Free”, “DRC Conflict Undeterminable”, or “Recycled, or Scrap Due Diligence”. US-listed companies filed their first Conflict Minerals Report to the SEC on 31 May 2014 (for the 2013 calendar year) and must conduct the reporting annually hereafter.

What is the impact on the supply chain of US-listed companies?
US-listed companies are required to provide full disclosure of the content and origin of conflict minerals in their products, and will therefore require their suppliers to declare the content and origin of conflict minerals in supplied products, or maybe even to declare that all products delivered to the customer are “DRC Conflict-Free”.

Although the Dodd-Frank Act only applies to US-listed companies, suppliers to the US-listed companies will be required to conduct RCOI and due diligence on conflict minerals.

LINAK activities concerning conflict minerals
LINAK is working actively towards full disclosure of the origin of 3TG in our products. However, due to the size and complexity of our global supply chain, it will take some time before we are fully able to provide our US customers with all the information required to fulfil their disclosure obligations.

LINAK has taken the following actions:

  • We have created a policy outlining our principles and commitment to conflict-free sourcing.
  • We are implementing a Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) process to identify tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold (3TG) in our supply chain and to determine, to a reasonable extent, the country of origin of these metals. The purpose of these processes is to identify the smelters in our supply chain to be able to conduct due diligence, and thereby facilitate DRC conflict-free sourcing.
  • We are incorporating the principles of this policy into our Purchasing Terms and we are working with our suppliers to increase the transparency of our supply chain. We are communicating our policy to suppliers, and we support relevant industry initiatives to stop the possible inclusion of conflict minerals in our products.

LINAK supports the applicable international database systems providing relevant disclosure of origin, including the use of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT). LINAK uses the ComplianceMap portal to collect CMRT’s from our supply chain.

Click here to read the LINAK policy on conflict minerals

Customers seeking information from LINAK about conflict minerals are welcome to contact the Conflict Minerals Compliance Team at conflictminerals@linak.com.

Supplier requirements
LINAK requires suppliers who provide components or materials containing 3TGs to actively work towards DRC conflict-free sourcing. LINAK suppliers must perform their own RCOI and due diligence processes in order to facilitate valid and reliable DRC conflict-free sourcing. We expect our suppliers to work with their own suppliers in the same way, to ensure traceability of conflict minerals to the originating smelters.

All suppliers are required to provide LINAK with a CMRT trough the ComplianceMap portal. If this is not possible, LINAK requires CMRT reports to be sent directly to the Conflict Minerals Compliance Team at conflictminerals@linak.com.

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