Quality | FineCal
FineCal fully certified to AS9120B + ISO9001:2015 (Bristol site)
- 8 further SVHC’s included in REACh - July 2021
- Audit leads to success in recertification of ISO9001:2015 with flying colours - June 2021
- FineCal systems secure Cyber Essentials Plus certification - Mar 2021
- UK REACh becomes law and falls under HSE remit - Jan 2021
- UK.GOV DEFRA's own RoHS follows EU time-frame exemptions - Dec 2020
- FineCal Bristol gain AS9120 - March 2020
Originally certified in 1992 to BS5750 as an addition to our existing MOD approval. Nearly 30 years later, we've developed our Systems that now combines Quality, Health & Safety and Environment disciplines so that processes, their risks and methods can be assessed to ensure overall effectiveness. Now we’ve gained certification to AS9120 in our Bristol site. This is a more exacting assurance of our intention to ensure systems are robust in offering great service to all our customers
Just click, on our downloadable pdf Group Quality Profile Pack. Here you can see our policies including Ethical, Organisational chart, ISO certificate (ISO9001:2015) on page 9, and Customer Approvals all within one document (NB: an updated version is due for release soon).
Our customer approvals include:-
- GKN Aerospace - Filton (inc. Airbus): QA-GKNAF000018-1
- BAE Systems: BAE/AG/20415/MAA
- Leonardo (AgustaWestland) to: V00679 03c (Electrical Accessories + Components) and 04b (Non-Metallic Raw Materials)
- Aim Aviation (Jecco) to: AA/J/466
- Airbus UK Limited
- Ultra Electronics
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR AS9120:B ACHIEVEMENT - DISTRIBUTORS TO AEROSPACE.
RoHS and REACh
RoHS (Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances) + WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) stems from European Directives to ensure environmental procedures are followed by manufacturers, importers and supply chains especially in markets relating to automotive, electronic, electrical equipment & components. .Medical devices, Monitoring & Control instruments remain exempt for now in RoHS and restricts new electrical & electronic equipment from containing specific substances such as flame retardants. If these ingredients are above fixed maximum levels, then they should not be included or sold: ideally safe alternatives should be incorporated within the manufacturing process.
Substances defined by RoHS (* new additions - RoHS-3)
- Cadmium < 100 ppm
- Hexavalent Chromium < 1000 ppm
- Lead < 1000 ppm
- Mercury < 100 ppm
- Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB) < 1000 ppm
- Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) < 1000 ppm
- Bis (2-Ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) < 1000 ppm *
- Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) < 1000 ppm *
- Dibutyl phthalate < 1000 ppm *
- Diisobutyl phthalate < 1000 ppm *
End products covered by RoHS (non-exhaustive list) are:-
- Cat 1 / 2: Large appliances such as air-conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, washers / Small appliances; coffee makers, hair dyers, irons, vacuum cleaners
- Cat 3: IT and telecommunications equipment inc computers, copiers, phones, printers
- Cat 4: Consumer electrical equipment such as music systems, TV's etc
- Cat 5: Lighting which includes bulbs, fixtures and lights
- Cat 6: Power tools inc drills, nail guns, saws Electrical and electronic tools (not large scale stationary industrial tools)
- Cat 7: Toys & Sports incorporating drones, electric cars & trains, video games
- Cat 8: Medical devices*
- Cat 9: Control & monitoring equipment*
- Cat 10: Automatic Dispensers: ATM, vending machines
- Cat 11: Other electrical equipment (EEE) not mentioned above and if not exempt**
* Compliance deadline for Category 8, 9 products for RoHS 3 phthalate restriction is July 22, 2021 including in-vitro devices.
** Compliance deadline for Category 11 products for RoHS-3 phthalate restriction became effective on July 23, 2019
REACh (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) addresses the production of “articles” and the possibility that they may contain chemical substances (SVHC's) which could have an impact on both human health and the environment. These substances (links to ECHA and their latest revision) are published in order that businesses are aware of their responsibilities to themselves and their customers to act with precaution as to their use and subsequent CoSHH controls in the workplace.
Post Brexit, UK REACh replaces EU REACh and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has been appointed to manage REACh. Currently there has been put in place 'grandfathering' to incorporate ECHA and bi-annual updates they announce. The latest release came into effect on 8th July 2021 and now totals 219 SVHC's.
Chemicals could potentially contain unknown risks to health because they may not have been evaluated. REACh aims to make originators / importers / suppliers who place materials / chemicals on the market responsible for controlling the risks associated with their use and handling. Reducing / eradicating SVHC's (severe hazardous chemicals) to less than 0.01% by weight is the objective. As a direct result of these restrictions, a chemical / substance essential to performance may have to be withdrawn, and if there's no viable substitute, bring about a product's withdrawal. However there may be exemptions to this due to development difficulties, and that they may be used providing safeguards under COSHH) are in place. Certainly in such instances, these are not for sale to individual members of public and / or depending on the actual weight of the product as a single unit - Article XVII.
The European Chemicals Agency in Finland manage the REACh process throughout the EU to implement the legislation issued by Brussels. STILL TO BE CLARIFIED, There may be changes post Brexit regarding UK / Northern Ireland.
FineCal is classed as a distributor and downstream user of articles (products that are manufactured from other base materials). This means that as a:-
- Distributor: we source from approved manufacturers / suppliers for our stock and direct delivery to customers. We undertake regular checks on products procured to ensure compliance by cross-referencing CAS codes as stated within product safety sheets.
- Downstreamer: we blend & mix colours to customer requirements for required shades - both in our Label printing process and Screen ink colour matching service. We utilise compliant ink ranges with associated thinning agents. This therefore does not alter the basic structure of an article - and thus remains compliant.
Of course, we do expect our suppliers / manufacturers to confirm their position on compliancy as well as question their own supply chains to ensure checks are conducted regularly.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further advice.