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Compliance resources


Statement of Purpose

Bio-Rad Laboratories believes that it has a fundamental responsibility to protect the safety and health of its employees and to safeguard the public and the environment against harm from its operations. The fulfillment of this responsibility is essential to the success of Bio-Rad.

Product Disposal and Recycle Program

Bio-Rad Laboratories is an environmentally conscious company committed to using development and manufacturing processes that do not adversely affect the environment, that minimize waste and prevent pollution, and that minimize health and safety risks to our employees and customers.

In support of our environmental goals, effective August 2005 Bio-Rad has launched a formal product Disposal and Recycle Program in Europe that complies with the European Union Directive 2002/96/EC on waste electrical and electronic equipment ("WEEE Directive").

This program will provide self-service instructions for product disposal and recycling. Equipment that is returned through this program will be handled in an environmentally safe manner using processes that comply with the WEEE Directive requirements.

This program is for Bio-Rad customers who have Bio-Rad products that have reached their end of life and are ready for disposal. Availability is currently limited to the European Union. Program guidelines are as follows:

Effective August 13th, 2005, Bio-Rad will accept all Bio-Rad branded electronic test, measurement, and monitoring products with the standard WEEE crossed-out wheeled dustbin symbol shown below:

This product contains electrical or electronic materials. The presence of these materials may, if not disposed of properly, have potential adverse effects on the environment and human health. Presence of this label on the product means it should not be disposed of as unsorted waste and must be collected separately.
As a consumer, you are responsible for ensuring that this product is disposed of properly. To find out how to properly dispose of this product, please click on the Instructions for Recycling Products link on the left or call the customer service number for your country listed in the product instruction manual.

For other questions about the environmental compliance of Bio-Rad products contact us.

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Compliance Documentation

RoHS Compliance
RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) is a Directive of the European Union which severely restricts the amount of lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and halogenated fire retardants (polybrominated biphenyls and polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in electrical products. Elimination of these materials, especially lead, represents a new era for electronics, as lead is a major ingredient of the most basic electrical component, solder. Many other countries and US states are enacting laws similar to RoHS. Where applicable, we will address other RoHS legislation issues on this page.

Bio-Rad RoHS Policy Statement click to download
RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC click to download
RoHS Amendment 2005/618/EC click to download
RoHS Amendment 2005/717/EC click to download
RoHS Amendment 2005/747/EC click to download
EU FAQs on WEEE and RoHS click to download

WEEE Compliance
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) is a Directive of the European Union which aims to minimize environmental damage from discarded end-of-life electrical products. The Directive holds the brand owner or producer responsible for the discarded product physically and financially. It encourages optimum environmental product design. It promotes reuse, then recycling, then recovery as preferable alternatives to dumping in landfills. Many other countries and US states have similar legislation to WEEE under different names. Where applicable, we will address under WEEE all end-of-life product issues.

Bio-Rad WEEE Policy Statement click to download
WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC click to download
WEEE Amendment 2003/108/EC click to download
WEEE Reporting 2005/369/EC click to download
WEEE Marking EN 50419 click to download
Bio-Rad Product WEEE Weights click to download
WEEE Decision Tree click to download
EU FAQs on WEEE and RoHS click to download

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Recycle FAQs

Q1: What are the European Union WEEE and RoHS?

A: The purpose of the WEEE Directive is, as a first priority, the prevention of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), and in addition, to promote the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovery of such wastes so as to reduce disposal volume. It also seeks to improve the environmental performance of all operators involved in the life cycle of electrical and electronic equipment, e.g. producers, distributors, and consumers, and in particular those operators directly involved in the treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

The purpose of the RoHS Directive is to approximate the laws of the Member States on restrictions of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, and to contribute to the protection of human health and the environmentally sound recovery and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment.

Q2: What countries is the EU recycle program available in?

A: The program is currently available in Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Q3: How is the Bio-Rad recycle program managed?

A: The program enables Bio-Rad customers to arrange for Bio-Rad branded test, measurement, and monitoring equipment to be picked up by our designated disposal company for treatment, recovery, and recycling purposes. Click the Instructions for Recycling Products link on the left to initiate the product recycling process.

Q4: What happens to the equipment that gets returned?

A: The Bio-Rad equipment that is disposed of through this program will be handled in an environmentally safe manner through processes that comply with all applicable electronic waste regulations, i.e., the EU WEEE Directive.

Q5: Who pays the recycling and transport costs?

A: Recycling and transport costs will be financed in accordance with specific up-to-date contractual agreements or, in case such contractual agreements are not available, with the relevant country-specific applicable dispositions.

Q6: What is my liability for any product returned through this program?

A: Upon request you will receive a Certificate of Destruction (COD) for all equipment that is returned through this program indemnifying you against liability (or releasing your business from any further liability for the equipment).

Q7: What products are included in this service?

A: Bio-Rad will accept all Bio-Rad branded test, measurement, and monitoring equipment with the crossed-out wheeled dustbin label in the eligible countries. Resale products bundled with Bio-Rad instruments, e.g., computers, printers, etc., will be covered by the recycling program of the actual manufacturer of the equipment.

Q8: How can my company initiate the recycle process?

A: Select the country in which your equipment to be recycled is located and follow the country-specific instructions. Start this process by clicking the Instructions for Recycling Products link on the left.

Note: The terms "disposal", "disposed of", and "handling" refer to the treatment, recovery, recycling, and environmentally sound disposal of Bio-Rad equipment that is being discarded.

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Instructions for Recycling Products

This page will be updated as soon as information is available.




Contaminated Material

Radioactive Substances

Additional Information

For all questions regarding the WEEE regulations and the disposal of products covered by the WEEE Directive, please check Bio-Rad Laboratories Contact Us page.

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