As part of its operations as manufacturer (trademark owner), the supplier shall have implemented procedures, models, assessment systems or similar, to substitute substances hazardous to the health or environment present in the equipment. The supplier shall also have their own documented procedures for how this should be handled toward the purchaser.
The procedures or similar, shall be documented and put into action throughout the term of the contract. They must at least include the five steps in the European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA's) model for substitution to safer chemicals1:
- Identify substances of concern
- Search for alternatives
- Assess, compare and select alternatives
- Test, implement and improve
- Inform your supply chain
Within [three weeks/other time determined by the contracting organisation] of receiving a request from the contracting organisation, the supplier must present procedures etc. for how these steps are implemented with regards to the contracted products.