ISO 9001:2015 is the most comprehensive of the ISO 9000:2000 series on quality management systems and covers everything from design and development through production and distribution of products and services. Its main goal is to enable a company’s quality management system to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. The new revision of ISO 9001:2015 aims to provide added value to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the quality management system, including risk assessment analyses, defining programs for minimizing all potential risks, improving the system and the assurance of conformity to customers, stake holders and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
ISO 14001:2015 is the international standard that determines specifications for an environmental management system (EMS) that can be used to enhance a company’s environmental performance. Consistent with the organisation's environmental policy, the intended outcomes of an environmental management system include:
- enhancement of environmental performance;
- fulfilment of compliance obligations;
- achievement of environmental objectives.
ISO 14001:2015 is applicable to any organization, regardless of size, type and nature, and applies to the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services that the organization determines it can either control or influence considering a life cycle perspective.
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 the systematic management of energy.
ISO 45001:2018 is the new Occupational health and safety (OH&S) management standard. With nearly 70 countries involved in its development, ISO 45001:2018 will replace OHSAS 18001:2007. The transition period is active until 2021. Although largely influenced by the OHSAS 18001:2007, ISO 45001:2018 takes a more proactive approach to risk control.
The standard was developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts and follows other generic management system approaches such as ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 9001:2015.
ISO 45001:2018 specifies requirements for an OH&S management system and provides guidance for its use. It aims to enable organizations to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance. This standard is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement and maintain an OH&S management system to improve occupational health and safety, eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks (including system deficiencies), take advantage of OH&S opportunities, and address OH&S management system nonconformities associated with its activities.
STMC (Standardized Test Methods Committee) is a global committee formed to find and promote standardized test methods for the printer cartridge industry. The test methods are used to evaluate the performance of a laser printer cartridge. STMC uses certain ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) test methods such as ASTM F1856 -yield determination (page coverage of 5 +/- 0.5%) of the printable area and ASTM F 2036-image density and background. The test methods are used to evaluate a remanufactured toner cartridge in comparison to another cartridge, typically an OEM cartridge.
Numerous Clover toner cartridges, by operating at particularly low emissions, have attained the label “LGA schadstoffgeprüft” which means “LGA tested for pollutants”. The application of these cartridges minimizes the health risk for the user, making them consumer-friendly. The German testing institute TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH grants the certificate “LGA schadstoffgeprüft” after a series of tests regarding the content of harmful substances in the toner powder and Emission testing in specific test chambers during printing.
The Blue Angel (Der Blauer Engel) is a German eco-label for products and services that have environmentally friendly credentials. It has in existence since 1978.
Companies awarded with the Blue Angel show their commitment to environmental protection. RAL-UZ177 is the standard for Reprocessed Toner Modules for Use in Electrophotographic Office Equipment with Printing Function. Millions of empty cartridges end up as waste unless they are recycled. The Blue Angel certified cartridges are an alternative to original products and help to reduce waste (implementation of take back system) and to save resources. Blue Angel certified cartridges also indicate that the unit emissions are controlled, and the limits are met.
NORDIC SWAN ECOLABEL
The Swan Eco label is an Eco labelling standard common to the entire Nordic region setup by the Nordic council of ministers in 1989. This is done by a voluntary license system where the applicant agrees to follow certain criteria outlined by the Nordic Ecolabelling in cooperation with stakeholders. These criteria include environmental, quality and health arguments. The simple message associated with having the Swan logo is that the product is a good environmental choice.
SPECIALISED WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY (EfB)
Since 1996, “Specialised waste management company“ has been an industry-specific quality mark closely associated with the German Closed Circular Economy and Waste Act (KrW- / AbfG) and has become a well-known quality feature of waste management companies, which is now subject to even stricter legal requirements through the 2012 German Circular Economy Act (KrWG) (§§ 56 and 57 KrWG).
A list of criteria with uniform minimum standards is laid down in the Ordinance on Waste Management Companies. It includes requirements for the organization, equipment and operation of the company as well as the reliability and competence of the staff.
The recognition of the quality label "Specialised waste management company" also includes the approval for the initial treatment of WEEE in accordance with the German Act for placing on the market, the return of, and the environmentally sustainable disposal of electrical and electronic equipment (ElektroG).
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 a business partnership with CIG, all our suppliers of products and services are obliged to respect and apply the principles of ETI code.
ISO/IEC 19752 and ISO/IEC 19798
IISO/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 amounts 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.
* “Substance at nanoscale” is defined as a substance as defined in article 3 of EC regulation no. 1907/2006, intentionally produced at nanometric scale, containing particles, in an unbound state or as an aggregate or as an agglomerate and where, for a minimum proportion of particles in the number size distribution, one or more external dimensions is in the size range 1nm – 100nm.
** “Contained without being adhered to the mixture” is defined as being intentionally introduced in the mixture from which it is likely to be extracted or released under normal or reasonable foreseeable conditions of use.
Based on this, and according to this law, our understanding is that, there is no requirement for declaring any of our products to the French authorities.
DIN stands for “Deutsches Institute für Normung” (German Institute for Standardization). 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. Testing for genetically harmful substances, toner adhesion, yield and emission test in climate chambers are binding requirements for fulfilling the DIN criteria. DIN 33870-1/2 is an important part and basic criteria for Blue Angel environmental label, considering toner properties according to the legal provisions to prevent any health hazards.
AMES is a Biological Assessment of mutagenic potential of chemical compounds. Mandatory IN COMPLIANCE requirement is negative AMES test result.
REACH is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (EC1907/2007). 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.
CIG has, since August 2008, followed all requisites regarding substances used in our products as dictated by the Reach directive. Since then, CIG updated all “Safety Data Sheets” according to REACH requirements as well as CLP regulation. CIG emphasises that there are no SVHC (Substances of very high concern), Annex XIV or Annex XVII substances in our products with regard to the last published lists. CIG will continue to monitor all developments regarding this directive to ensure continued and complete conformity.
WEEE Directive 2012/19/EU
The European Directive on "Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment" (WEEE), which became European law in February 2003 and was revised under the so-called WEEE II Directive in 2012, establishes in combination with the EU the "Waste Framework Directive", a framework and the general guidelines for waste treatment of WEEE.
Nowadays, most inkjet and toner cartridges are considered electronic equipment and, thus, fall under the scope of the current WEEE Directive. The WEEE Directive, which obliged all EU member states to transfer its provisions into national law, sets targets for the collection, recovery and recycling of all kinds of EEE. In addition, it obliges producers and distributors of EEE to comply with a variety of specifications. In that context, a producer is the owner of the brands and logos applied on the cartridges, and their packaging, which are sold to the market. For example, all Clover Private Label customers are considered producers and must take care of the registration and all processes associated with it. The so-called “producer obligation” may vary in the different EU member states due to different interpretations of national laws. Against this background, obligations under the WEEE Directive must be assessed for each and every EU member state where you place cartridges under your own brand. Moreover, country specific obligations must be met through subsidiaries or official, locally based, authorised representatives. For further information, please visit.
CE marking (originally EC mark) is a conformity mark that applies to certain categories of products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). CE marking signifies that the manufacturer has ensured that the product meets the requirements of all applicable EU directives. The letters “CE” means “Conformite Europeenne” (“European Conformity”). When the CE mark is applied to a product, the manufacturer is required to maintain a Declaration of Conformity (“DoC”) for that product identifying the applicable EU Directives.
CIG follows the rules of this conformity mark and will continue to do so as this evolves.
EU RoHS 2 refers to Directive 2011/65/EU on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). It replaced the first EU RoHS directive 2002/95/EC (RoHS 1) and entered into force on 21 July 2011. RoHS 2 currently restricts 10 hazardous substances in EEE and they are included in the Annex II of the Directive 2011/65/EU.
CIG complies with the requirements of this directive and will continue to follow its development in order to maintain that status as a requirement to comply with some of the aforementioned rules and regulations.