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Product sustainability

FAULHABER technology is already making a contribution to responsible and sustainable handling of natural resources by developing drive systems with a high degree of efficiency and low energy requirements.

Product conformity

Information and documents on the conformity of the FAULHABER product line with respect to currently applicable directives and regulations.

REACH regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006

REACH stands for "Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals" and took effect on 1 June 2007 with regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006. REACH is a regulation of the European Union adopted for the purpose of better protecting human health and the environment from the risks that can arise from chemicals.

FAULHABER Drive Systems is not a manufacturer or importer of chemical materials or preparations that require registration. Within the spirit of the regulation, it is instead a downstream user. As a downstream user, we conduct the necessary communication in the supply chain. Because chemicals legislation also covers substances in products, we have an obligation to inform if substances of very high concern (SVHC) are part of FAULHABER products.

On 10 September 2015, the European Court of Justice specified the definition of a product within the scope of the REACH regulation. If the limit value of 0.1% weight by weight of a substance of very high concern (SVHC) is exceeded in an installed subassembly, there is an obligation – independent of the % weight by weight portion in the whole product – to inform according to Article 33 (1) of the REACH regulation.

If you require detailed information, please contact your FAULHABER sales representative. The basis is the current edition of the SVHC candidate list:

Explanation of REACH

Product Conformity REACH

RoHS directive

Directive 2011/65/EU of the European Parliament and the Council on restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices (the so-called RoHS directive) regulates certain conditions for bringing electrical and electronic devices into circulation.

It has the goal of banning certain hazardous substances from electrical and electronic devices. In order to do this, the RoHS directive restricts the use of certain substances in electrical and electronic devices. These include substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium and chrome as well as some brominated flame retardants and plasticisers. The listed substances may only be used in electrical and electronic devices up to a designated maximum concentration value, unless exceptions are permitted in accordance with the annexes to the directive. Due to the associated removal of pollutants, the recycling of used electrical and electronic devices should be improved and the harmful effects on people and the environment reduced.

The consolidated version of the RoHS directive was implemented in national law in Germany with the Elektro- und Elektronikgeräte-Stoff-Verordnung [Electrical and electronic device substance ordinance] (ElektroStoffV).

Explanation of RoHS

Product Conformity RoHS

FAULHABER responsible sourcing policy of minerals


This policy applies to the minerals tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold (referred to as 3TG). Mining, trading, handling and exporting these minerals and related ores from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs) or covered countries (Democratic Republic of Congo and adjoining countries) can e.g. negatively impact human health, can relate to human rights abuses and can be used for financing armed conflicts.

The U.S. Dodd‐Frank Wall Street Reform and Customer Protection Act, Section 1502 and SEC regulations require disclosure of the use of 3TG and transparency within the supply chain in order to end armed conflicts and heed international law. The focus is put on the covered countries. On January 1, 2021, the EU regulation on 3TGs (Regulation (EU) 2017/821) came into force. Directly affected EU importers of minerals and metals over certain thresholds have to comply with the respective supply chain due diligence obligations. The EU regulation refers to CAHRAs, which are updated regularly and can include regions worldwide.          

In line with the above-mentioned requirements, FAULHABER is aware of its responsibility and is contributing at various levels to sustainably protect human rights. FAULHABER is committed to ensuring the health, safety and protection of the people who extract and mine 3TGs. It is our responsibility to demand high social, environmental and human rights standards from our suppliers, too. Even though FAULHABER is not directly affected by the Dodd‐Frank Act, Section 1502 nor by the EU Regulation 2017/821, and has no direct mining, smelting, or trading activities of such minerals in CAHRAs, neither in covered countries, Faulhaber is engaging in its supply chain in order to source required 3TGs responsibly.

    Product Conformity Conflict Minerals Policy

    Our contribution

    FAULHABER acknowledges this policy and is committed to raise awareness for responsible sourcing of these minerals. FAULHABER is constantly working on further increasing transparency in the supply chain and ensuring responsible mining, smelting, or trading activities of the 3TG that we use in our products. We are thus committed to:

    • Identify in good time which FAULHABER products are affected by the conflict minerals legislation and orientate our compliance measures accordingly;
    • Encourage our suppliers to source 3TGs responsibly, as well as to improve their respective processes, engage in and commit to the responsible sourcing of minerals;
    • Source 3TGs exclusively from suppliers using compliant 3TG sources (in accordance with the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) of the Responsible Minerals Initiative or other recognized third-party audit / validation programs), no defacto embargo of CAHRAs and covered countries is aspired.

    Information about the 3TGs used by FAULHABER is disclosed annually in the form of a Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT), which is prepared based on feedback from relevant suppliers and made available on the FAULHABER website.

    Actions taken

    FAULHABER has defined the following measures to fulfil our responsibility and ensure transparency in the supply chain:

    • Program for the fulfilment of due diligence in accordance with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, which is supported by FAULHABER Management;
    • Communication with our suppliers for timely receipt of their feedback on the use of 3TG;
    • Advising our suppliers regarding their disclosure obligations; 
    • Supplier requirements regarding 3TGs are specified in the FAULHABER Supplier Handbook, compliance will be a relevant criterion in the future in terms of FAULHABER's purchasing decisions;
    • Risk assessment and evaluation of existing suppliers;
    • Continuous improvement and corrective action management;
    • Monitoring of US and European conflict minerals legislation.


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    Taking back packaging in Germany

    As the final distributor of packaging in terms of Para. 15 Sect. 1 of the German act on the putting into circulation, taking back and high-quality recycling of packaging (German Packaging Act – VerpackG), we are obliged to inform our customers of the options for returning packaging and the purpose behind these options. By providing these options, we aim to fulfil this obligation.

    Return option

    As a customer, you are free at any time to return transport packaging to us that we used to protect your goods against damage during transport. 

    Purpose of return

    By returning packaging, you enable undamaged packaging to be reused. We recycle damaged packaging, where possible, or dispose of it properly.

    If you have any questions, you can get in touch with your contact person here at the company at any time.

    Return concept for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)

    In Germany, the WEEE directive 2012/19/EU regarding waste electrical and electronic equipment has been implemented in the German act on the putting into circulation, taking back and environmentally compatible disposal of electrical and electronic equipment (German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act – ElektroG). Manufacturers, distributors and importers who put electrical and electronic equipment into circulation in Germany are obliged to register with the German waste electrical and electronic equipment foundation (Stiftung EAR). 

    Dr. Fritz Faulhaber GmbH & Co. KG is registered under the WEEE Reg. No. DE 67621103, and labels all products that were put into circulation after August 13, 2006, with the crossed-out waste container symbol in accordance with Annex II of the German Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (ElektroG). Waste from electrical and electronic equipment with the corresponding labeling must be disposed of separately from household waste.

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