Environmental Compliance

Blue Coat is committed to environmentally responsible behavior. As part of this commitment, we comply with environmental standards such as the European Union’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, as well as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive. These directives and other similar regulations from countries outside the European Union relate to electronic waste management and the reduction or elimination of specific hazardous materials in electronic products.

WEEE requires electrical and electronics manufacturers to provide mechanisms to allow for the recycling and reuse of their products. RoHS restricts the use of certain materials that are commonly found in today’s electronic products. Restricted substances are heavy metals, including lead and poly-brominated materials. The RoHS Directive, with some exemptions, applies to all electrical and electronic equipment.

WEEE Compliance

In compliance with the WEEE Directive, Blue Coat provides recycling support for our equipment worldwide. In accordance with Article 11(2) of Directive 2002/96/EC (WEEE), products put on the market after August 13, 2005 are marked with the WEEE symbol or include it in their documentation: a crossed-out wheeled waste bin with a bar beneath (as shown at right).

For Blue Coat product recycling information, see the Product Recycling page or e-mail [email protected]

RoHS Compliance

Blue Coat is working closely with its supply chain to assure compliance of all our products and materials supplied by partners under RoHS as of July 1, 2006. Regulations and specific requirements in the area of RoHS compliance are continually evolving, and Blue Coat continues to monitor such changes.

Please refer to the FAQs below for additional information.

REACH Compliance

The European Union Regulation EC No. 1907/2006, entitled “Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals” (REACH), was effective June 1, 2007 with phased implementation deadlines to 2018.

Blue Coat strongly supports the overall objective of REACH to improve and protect human health and the environment. We are committed to providing our customers with information about the substances in our products in order to comply with all applicable REACH requirements.

We work closely with our suppliers and expect them to understand and comply with REACH, and to ensure that all necessary actions are taken to meet REACH requirements. We require our suppliers to pre-register or register their substances or preparations (if applicable) and to assess whether the products and components, including packaging, supplied to Blue Coat contain any substances classified as "Substances of Very High Concern" (SVHC) on the Candidate List by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), in a concentration of more than 0.1% weight by weight (w/w).

For REACH-specific information, please e-mail [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQs below are intended to provide interested parties with information on Blue Coat’s support of the RoHS and WEE directives. If these FAQ´s do not address your specific question, please contact Blue Coat at [email protected] and we will respond as soon as possible.


Q: What is RoHS?

A: RoHS stands for “Reduction of Hazardous Substances” and relates to European Union legislation (2002/95/EC) banning six types of hazardous materials that are commonly used in the production of electronic equipment. After the directive is enacted, any products “put on the market” in Europe after July 1, 2006 will have to contain less than the specified amounts of these hazardous materials.

Q: Where can I read the RoHS directive?

A: The directive can be found here.

Q: What are the banned materials that fall under the RoHS directive?

A: Products shipped into a Member State as of July 1, 2006 may not contain more than the specified levels of the following substances:

  1. lead (Pb)
  2. hexavalent chromium (Cr (VI))
  3. cadmium (Cd)
  4. mercury (Hg)
  5. polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)
  6. polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

Q: I don’t sell into Europe. Do I have to worry about RoHS?

A: Yes. California, Maine, and other states in the United States are watching RoHS very closely and have similar legislation on the books or in process. For example, California SB-50 which was signed into law, specifically references the European RoHS legislation. Other countries, such as China have introduced similar RoHS legislation.

Q: Are Blue Coat products subject to the RoHS legislation?

A: Yes. All Blue Coat products shipped into Europe after July 1, 2006 are required to contain less than the specified amounts of the six classes of materials. Blue Coat is in compliance with the RoHS directive for all applicable product shipping into the EU. at that time.

Q: Are FRU kits and upgrade kits impacted by RoHS?

A: For the most part, all FRU kits, upgrades, etc must be RoHS compliant. However, spare parts used for the repair, or to the reuse, of products put on the market BEFORE July 1, 2006 are exempt. The spirit of this exemption is to prevent the premature disposal of non-RoHS equipment when it requires repair.

Q: Are upgrades or replacements for products impacted by RoHS?

A: In general, upgrades or replacements must be RoHS compliant. However, upgrades or replacements not in compliance with RoHS may be used to upgrade or repair products placed on the market prior to July 1, 2006.

Q: What documentation do we have to demonstrate that products are RoHS compliant?

A: Blue Coat is working with our entire supply chain to ensure RoHS compliance. We will have a declaration of conformity available for each applicable new product that is RoHS compliant. Further documentation such as conformity statements from our suppliers can be provided upon request. Contact [email protected] for more information.


Q: What is WEEE?

A: WEEE stands for Waste in Electrical and Electric Equipment and relates to European Union legislation (2002/96/EC & 2003/108/EC) for collecting and recycling electronic waste.

Q: Where can I read the WEEE Directive?

A: The WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) can be found here. The first amendment (2003/108/EC) can be found here and the second amendment (2008/34/EC) found here.

Q: Are Blue Coat products subject to WEEE?

A: Yes. Network equipment is a covered product category under the WEEE legislation.

Q: What is the WEEE directive product category for Blue Coat products?

A: IT and telecommunications Equipment

Q: Is Blue Coat Systems registered in each European Union Member State and participating in a take-back scheme?

A: The WEEE directive requires each Member State to set up a reporting and registration infrastructure. Some Member States have not yet implemented such an infrastructure. Blue Coat Systems is currently registered in several European Member states and in the process to evaluate the registration options in other European countries where available and required by local law.

Q: Are Blue Coat products repairable and recyclable?

A: Yes.

Q: Do Blue Coat products use consumables?

A: No consumables are used in Blue Coat products.

Q: What is the estimated commercial lifespan of Blue Coat products?

A: 3 – 5 years.


Q: What is REACH?

A: REACH stands for “Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals”. It requires companies that import or manufacture more than 1 metric tonne per year of chemical substances in the EU to evaluate and register them. The authorization and restriction of substances of very high concern (SVHC) may affect all companies which manufacture or import into the EU.

Q: What is the implementation timeline for REACH?

A: REACH went into force June 1st 2007 with a phased implementation over 11 years until 2018. Blue Coat operates in line with the intermediate deadlines.

Q: Where can I find more information on REACH and Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC)?

A: More information can be found on the website of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA): http://echa.europa.eu.

Q: What is the difference between the RoHS Directive and the REACH Regulation?

A: RoHS restricts the use of six substances in products. REACH currently obliges communication downstream in the supply chain regarding SVHC substances in products. The REACH regulation is targeted at a wide range of hazardous chemicals and is not limited only to the electronics sector. It is much broader in scope than RoHS which covers only the six substances. REACH is intended to control the use of thousands of chemicals. Since many of the chemicals are likely to be used in the electronics supply chain, REACH will also affect suppliers who have already achieved RoHS compliance.