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Suppliers are accountable for shipping materials, components, parts and products to HP that comply with the
HP General Specification for the Environment (GSE) as specified in our contracts, hardware drawings, and specifications. HP relies on "Active Verification" to ensure that our materials restrictions are reflected in our products. The process to ensure product environmental compliance must be built into the design and manufacturing process, and testing alone does not ensure compliance. Suppliers and their sub-suppliers must ensure that noncompliant material does not enter the manufacturing process and that compliant processes are used. HP's implementation of this philosophy is illustrated below.
HP's active verification process is based on our risk analysis of restricted substances entering the supply chain and includes technical documentation outlined in the European Union’s EN 50581:2012 standard. The four key areas are described below:
- Supplier’s compliance declaration and HP tracking. HP communicates material restriction requirements to suppliers via the GSE. Suppliers provide a declaration that parts or products shipped to HP are compliant. HP tracks and documents supplier compliance information, including where materials are used in HP products.
- Supplier’s materials compliance management process. HP sets minimum requirements via our Supplier Safe and Legal Standard 014-2, to be integrated in supplier’s management system process for ensuring product environmental materials restriction compliance.
- Supplier data validation. Supplier performs testing in accordance to the HP Active Verification Materials Testing Specification based on our risk analysis of parts and substances.
- Additional HP analytical testing and documentation checking. When a new product is introduced HP validates compliance based on our analysis of the supplier, parts and substances. In addition, at least annually HP validates compliance based on our risk analysis.
The HP Active Verification Materials Testing Specification and the HP Supplier Requirements for Safe and Legal Products Standard are available to HP suppliers on the password-protected HP Supplier Portal. Log in, or register for access, and look under the Supplier Handbook Restricted Access.
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