Ninestar G&G Passes Tough Toxic Cartridge Tests in Europe
G&G printer cartridge products have successfully passed all inspection and testing protocols conducted by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) in the Netherlands.
This follows an announcement back in September 2020 that testing would be conducted after one European member state had reported it had allegedly found levels of certain prohibited bromides (flame retardants) in some privately labelled (white-box) toner cartridges.
As the supervising authority, the ILT is responsible for ensuring a sustainable and safe living environment and its scope includes noise pollution, the transport of dangerous goods, waste materials, genetically modified organisms and houses’ energy-performance ratings.
Ninestar and its G&G brand fully complied with the requests of the ILT and agreed to the testing of products including remanufactured HP C4096A and HP Q2612A toner cartridges and new-build compatible toner cartridges for HP CF217A, CF410-413X and Samsung CLT-K/C/M/Y404S.
The purpose of the inspection was to assess the level of compliance with laws and regulations including “the prohibition of the use of hazardous substances as referred to in Article 3, paragraph 1 of the Regulation on Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.” RoHS, which places restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment including printer cartridges, was adopted in February 2003 by the European Union. The substances banned under RoHS include lead, mercury, cadmium and polybrominated biphenyls (PBDEs).
According to the ILT, it was thought there may have been an excess of bromine in certain toner cartridges. The samples were sent to SGS—a world leader in testing, inspection and certification—for a physical-chemical analysis.
The SGS analysis revealed no prohibited bromides were found in the components of the G&G products which meant no violations had been committed.
ILT has now informed G&G that it has now closed its investigation.
Eric Zhang (pictured) said, “At G&G, we carefully evaluate the safety of our components and products before they go to the market.” Zhang is the General Manager of Ninestar Image, a subsidiary of the Ninestar Group which focuses on printing consumables for both domestic China as well as international markets.
“The well-established risk evaluations to inspect hazardous substance and potential exposures are mandatory in our company and an integral part of the entire process from development to manufacturing.”
Zhang explained that G&G always aims to provide customers with environmentally compliant, high-quality products.
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