Heavy Metals in Packaging
3M is committed to compliance with all laws, including those relating to “Heavy Metals” in packaging. “Heavy Metals” are lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium.
Packaging suppliers are required to minimize heavy metals in packages and packaging materials under both the European Parliament and Council Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste (“Directive 94/62/EC”) and the United States laws enacted by various states under the Coalition of Northeastern Governor (“CONEG”) Model Toxics in Packaging legislation, including the California Toxics in Packaging Prevention Act, which requires suppliers to provide to their purchasers Certificates of Compliance with that law.
Suppliers to 3M that deliver finished packaged products are also required to follow the Essential Requirements outlined in Annex II of Directive 94/62/EC.
Please see 3M Corporate General Specification 180 on heavy metals in packaging, found on 3M.Com Partners and Suppliers / Packaging which includes additional background and 3M's requirements for its suppliers regarding the heavy metals content of packaging and packaging components.
We are sure that your company, like 3M, is committed to compliance with all applicable laws.
For additional information regarding Packaging Legislation, see links below:
Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse
Summaries of the European Union Regulations