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Agilent RoHS and WEEE Program

Agilent RoHS

The European Union (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) impacts Agilent in many ways. The majority of Agilent products are classified within the EU RoHS Directive category list as Industrial Monitoring and Control Equipment (category 9), and a limited number of Agilent products are classified as In vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (category 8).

Agilent products are designed for compliance. Agilent design rules have incorporated the results from internal and external studies to ensure reliability with the new RoHS-compliant and compatible materials. Agilent is committed to meeting customer demands for high reliability and we expect that our contract manufacturers (CMs) and direct material suppliers will support us as we manage through the forthcoming changes.

Key Points

  1. Agilent has transitioned to RoHS compliant materials for products. New products are designed for compliance and existing products are being re-engineered to bring them into compliance. This includes pro-active measures such as using components that don’t rely on lead or mercury, choosing surfaces finishes that don’t use banned chemical substances and employing lead-free solder and materials that are compatible with the higher soldering temperature.

  2. When RoHS compliance is required, the Agilent Supplemental Specification for RoHS will be specified on a drawing, specification document or included in the data package for the item.

  3. Requirements for lead-free soldering processes and materials are found in the Agilent design standards. Contact your Agilent representative for a copy.

  4. Agilent's general material restrictions are available at URL: http://www.agilent.com/environment/GSE.pdf and apply to all direct material purchases. Agilent cannot guarantee that GSE changes will be communicated directly to all suppliers, so suppliers should use the on-line document and check periodically to ensure they have the latest version.

  5. Agilent requires all our manufacturing partners to provide material chemical composition declarations for every item we purchase that will be used in Agilent products. Agilent requires the declaration whether or not a manufacturer’s items conform to the RoHS restrictions.

Requirements for Agilent's Suppliers

  • To avoid growth of tin whiskers, board mountable parts for solder assembly must conform to Agilent’s preferred terminal finish materials listed in Agilent’s Component Finish Guidelines. To obtain a copy of the guidelines, please ask your Agilent contact for a copy of the Agilent Termination Finish Guidelines published by Agilent's Distributed Materials Engineering Team

  • All component changes, including those related to RoHS compliance must be submitted as early as possible to PCN@agilent.com  for Agilent approval.

    • All product/component changes must be documented and reported per the requirements of EIA/JEDEC JESD46-C (Product Change Notification). All product/component discontinuances must be documented and reported per EIA/JEDEC JESD48-B (Product Discontinuance).

    • Any changes related to RoHS should be considered major changes.

    • Please include technical details regarding the change, including reliability testing data and failure mitigation information that will assist Agilent with approving the change.

    • Please include a timeframe for the change and the availability of legacy items.

    • Please provide a copy of your PCN@agilent.com  submittal to the contact that manages the procurement of material from you on behalf of Agilent.

  • Agilent has participated as a sponsor of the iNEMI High Reliability Task Force, which recommends:

    • adoption of iNEMI-recognized whisker mitigation practices; and,

    • testing and adherence to the qualification criteria of the JEDEC JESD201A and JESD22A121 qualification criteria.

  • If you are a Contract Manufacturer and find a discrepancy between Agilent's AML and the suppliers MPN, please notify Agilent with a message sent to PCN@agilent.com . If you have a discrepancy that is a potential part shortage which may put your next shipment(s) at risk, notify your Agilent contact immediately.

  • Agilent is in support of unique part numbers for RoHS compliant components.

  • Agilent is requiring its supply base to fully disclose material, hazardous substance content and recycled material content of each part we are supplied. Reporting shall be in accordance with Agilent's Material Declaration Requirements. Compliance is required and, where a non-compliance issue is identified, a resolution plan is essential. Where compliance is not possible, alternative solutions are necessary to ensure continued shipment of current and future products. A complete W18 disclosure is required to qualify parts supplied to Agilent. Learn more about the process of submitting parts and materials data in Agilent's Material Declaration Requirements.

  • Agilent requires Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) labeling for all OEM end user products. See Agilent's OEM WEEE Requirements.

Contact Information

  • For questions about Agilent's RoHS & WEEE compliance expectations for suppliers, please ask your Agilent contact to refer you to someone in Agilent's Regulatory Affairs.

Requirements for Agilent's Direct Material Suppliers