ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 9001:2015
ISO 9000:2000 is a family of standards and guidelines for quality in the manufacturing and service industries from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
ISO 9001:2015 is the most comprehensive level of the ISO 9000:2000 series, covering everything from design and development through production and distribution of products and services. The overall objective is to establish a system to improve product quality and reliability.
ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015
ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 14001:2015 are the international specifications for an environmental management system (EMS). They specify requirements for establishing an environmental policy, determining environmental aspects and impacts of products/activities/services, planning environmental objectives and measurable targets, implementation and operation of programs to meet objectives and targets, checking and corrective action and management review.
ISO 50001:2011, Energy management systems – Requirements with guidance for use, is a voluntary International Standard developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
The purpose of this International Standard is to enable organisations to establish the systems and processes necessary to improve energy performance, including energy efficiency, use, and consumption. Implementation of this standard is intended to lead to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy cost, and other related environmental impacts, through systematic management of energy.
OHSAS 18001:2007 is the international specification for an Occupational Health & Safety management system (OH&S). It specifies requirements for establishing a health and safety policy, determining risks and hazards of products/activities/services, planning objectives and measurable targets, implementation and operation of programs to meet objectives and targets, with continual improvement through corrective action and management review.
STMC stands for the Standardized Test Methods Committee. The International Imaging Technology Council (Int'l ITC) administers the STMC program, assures its proper usage and polices against misuse of the STMC program and logos. For more than a decade, the STMC symbol has been the remanufacturing industry's indicia of quality. The test methods are used to evaluate toner printer cartridge performance. STMC uses certain ASTM test methods to evaluate a finished cartridge in comparison to another cartridge, typically an OEM cartridge.
The LGA (Landesgewerbeanstalt Bayern) and its brand name stands for a group of companies providing services mainly involving testing and examination, consultancy, certification and training.
A number of Clover toner cartridges have been tested for measurement of emission and of harmful substances in accordance with the certification criteria of LGA and can demonstrate that its products meet the minimum legislative requirements (e.g., hazardous materials regulations and chemical prohibition regulation).
The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel) is a German certification for products and services that adhere to stringent requirements on environmental, health and usage aspects.
It has been awarded since 1978. The RAL institute reviews the criteria continuously to reflect technological developments. Companies awarded with the Blue Angel show their commitment to environmental protection and health and safety.
CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme) is a significant scheme promoting the benefits of effective Health and Safety within industries and business.
The purpose of CHAS certification is to assist buyers as well as suppliers in the process of health and safety competence assessment.
NORDIC SWAN ECOLABEL
The Swan eco label is an Eco labelling standard common to the entire Nordic region set up by the Nordic council of ministers in 1989. It is a non-profit making organisation. The purpose of the Swan standard is to reduce waste and assure quality. The simple message associated with having the Swan logo is that the product in question is a good environmental choice.
Swan labelled cartridges are remanufactured, refilled cartridges, drum units or powder containers. They are used for black & white and colour printing in printers and copying machines.
SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world.
SEDEX is a global non-profit membership organisation. They are home to the world’s largest collaborative platform for sharing responsible sourcing data on supply chains.
SMETA is an audit procedure which is a compilation of good practice in ethical audit technique. It is not a code of conduct, a new methodology, or a certification process. Using SMETA, a supplier can have one audit conducted and share it with multiple customers within the SEDEX platform.
SMETA methodology uses the ETI Base Code and local law as the measurement tool. It includes four modules:
- Health and safety
- Labour standards
- Environment (optional)
- Business ethics (optional)
The ETI (Ethical Trade Initiative) Base Code is the basis of the SMETA requirements covering 9 social aspects:
- Employment is freely chosen
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic
- Child labour shall not be used
- Living wages are paid
- Working hours are not excessive
- No discrimination is practised
- Regular employment is provided
- No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
By accepting business cooperation with us, all our suppliers of products and services are obliged to respect and apply the principles of ETI code.
ISO/IEC 19752 is an ISO standard method for the determination of toner cartridge yield for monochrome laser devices.
ISO/IEC 19798 is an ISO standard method for the determination of toner cartridge yield for colour laser devices.
Toners used by Clover in our Laser cartridges do not contain detectable amount of any substance at nanoscale, without being strongly adhered to the toner mixture as defined in the French enforcement Decree no. 2012-232 of 17-February, 2012.
The two standards DIN 33870-1 (Monochrome printing devices) and DIN 33870-2 (4-color printing devices) define the quality requirements for the remanufacturing process of toner modules and appropriate test methods. An important part - and basic criteria for the Blue Angel environmental label - are the requirements to consider the health related properties of the toner according to the legal provisions to prevent any health hazards. Defined specifications for the labelling on the toner cartridge, on the packaging and on the internet ensure a greater transparency.
REACH is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC 1907/2007). It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances. This law came into force on 1st June 2007, with phased deadlines to 2018.
The purpose of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment through a better identification of the inherent properties of chemical substances at an early stage. REACH is also intended to promote innovation and competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry.
WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive
Its objective promotes the re-use, recycling and other forms of recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in order to reduce the waste quantity disposed of and to improve the environmental performance of the economic operators involved in the treatment of WEEE. This is done by setting collection criteria, treatment and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment. The Directive is a recast of Directive 2002/96/EC.
The WEEE Directive has been revised under what is commonly called WEEE2. The implementation of WEEE2 and the timeline for incorporation of toner and inkjet cartridges vary by territory within Europe. Clover Environmental Solutions has taken the necessary steps in both our UK and German based processing and handling facilities to meet the licensing, shipping and reporting requirements necessary to manage used cartridge collection.
If you would like to know more about this topic, you can download our WEEE customer information letter here.