Looking towards the realization of sustainable social systems, Murata strives to provide products with minimal impact on the global environment.
In addition to complying with laws and regulations such as the RoHS Directive and the REACH regulations, we have established voluntary standards that incorporate consideration of global trends related to environmentally hazardous substances and requests from our customers. By means of the management system shown in the diagram below, we are actively working to reduce or eliminate the use of environmentally hazardous substances in our products.
We are also responding preemptively to the revision of laws relating to environmentally hazardous substances.
The current RoHS Directive restricts the content of six types of chemical substances in electrical and electronic devices marketed in the EU. The revised RoHS Directive that will go into effect on 22 July, 2019, will add restrictions on four types of designated phthalic esters.
Acting in advance of the revision of the RoHS Directive, Murata prohibited the use of designated phthalic esters in newly developed products from July 2017. We are also proceeding with preparations for replacing existing products that contain the designated phthalic esters with alternative products.
In reducing the use of environmentally hazardous substances, as in other areas of our activity, Murata is working with the security of society, the community, and our customers as our first priority.