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Accreditations – what do they actually mean?

Accreditations – what do they actually mean?

For any of you that read my previous blog, you may remember that I mentioned looking for toners from suppliers with the right accreditations.

So, following on, I am going to list some explanations of certain accreditations that are used in the toner industry.

ISO9001: The international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). Organisations use the standard to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

ISO14001: Specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance. ISO 14001 is intended for use by an organisation seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.

IECQ QC080000: The IECQ QC 080000 Hazardous Substance Process Management (HSPM) system is based on the international quality management system ISO 9001. It covers the key requirements of the various environmental protection directives such as the Restriction of use of certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE).

The IECQ QC 080000 system seeks to minimise or eliminate the production of the hazardous substances to demonstrate to your customers, employees and shareholders that your organisation is committed to ensuring the sustainability of the environment. The system is structured to complement any existing management systems in place such as ISO 9001.

ISO19752: ISO 19752 is limited to evaluation of toner cartridge yield for toner containing cartridges (i.e. all-in-one toner cartridges and toner cartridges without a photoconductor) for monochrome electrophotographic printers. ISO 19752 can also be applied to the printer component of any multifunctional device that has a digital input-printing path (i.e. multi-function devices that contain printer components).

ISO 19752 is only intended for the measurement of toner cartridge yield. No other claims can be made from this testing regarding quality, reliability, etc

ISO19798: SO 19798 defines a method for testing and calculation of average yield measured in the number of standard pages for a colour toner cartridge and specific printer printing in a semi-continuous mode under a defined set of conditions. It uses the test page suite defined in ISO 24712. ISO 19798 can also be applied to the printer component of any multifunctional device that has a digital input-printing path (i.e. multi-function devices that contain printer components).

ISO 19798 is only intended for the measurement of colour toner cartridge yield. No other claims can be made from this testing regarding quality, reliability, etc.

STMC: STMC stands for the Standardized Test Methods Committee. This global committee formed to find and promote standardized test methods for the printer cartridge industry. The test methods are used to evaluate toner printer cartridge performance. Standardized test methods make it possible to evaluate a cartridge anywhere and come up with the same test results no matter who tests it. Standardized tests do not specify how a cartridge must perform; they only measure it.

REACH:  REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.

RoHS: The Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (2011/65/EU) aims to prevent hazardous substances from entering the production process and thereby keep them out of the waste stream.

The above accreditations are the main ones to look for when purchasing toner cartridges. This is proof that the manufacturer is producing high quality products using ethical methods, therefore demonstrating their dedication to quality control and reducing impact on the environment.

I hope this helps you in the future when looking for the best quality products to protect your company’s reputation.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your comments below.

Chris Whiteman

Senior Business Development Executive

Print-Rite Europe Ltd

 

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