Overview of regulations and directives

Material compliance

Every company has a responsibility to protect people and the environment from harmful substances and materials. At Festo, we therefore comply with the environmental and material-specific requirements resulting from the applicable laws, standards and directives. In the interests of our customers and markets, we constantly track changes in the regulations and implement them accordingly. This page provides the greatest possible transparency regarding the materials used in our products and demonstrates our appropriate handling of hazardous substances and responsible procurement of raw materials.

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Need for UL

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Need for UL

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Product conformity

Compliance with material-specific requirements in line with globally applicable laws and industry-specific regulations is becoming increasingly complex. Material compliance requirements are evolving dynamically and are an important part of overall product safety. If you are looking for answers to these questions:

  • Does the product I have chosen comply with the requirements of the RoHS Directive?
  • Is it subject to exceptions?
  • Does it contain an SVHC covered by the REACH Regulation?
  • Where can I find information on conflict minerals?

In our Application note, you will find an overview of these questions and further information on material compliance issues that could affect Festo products.

Product-related certificates and declarations

Declarations of conformity (CE, food safety, etc.) and product-related certificates (UL, CCC, etc.) can be found on the respective product detail pages under Support/Downloads. For more information, please contact technical support.

Paint-wetting impairment substances (PWIS)

Paint-wetting impairment substances (PWIS) are substances that cause small concave indentations at various points in the paint layer when surfaces are painted. Silicones, fluoric materials, certain oils and greases may contain this type of substances. Components used in the automotive industry, and especially in painting systems, must not emit paint-wetting impairment substances into the environment. To prevent paint defects caused by paint-wetting impairment substances in production, car manufacturers have long been implementing their own test instructions and standards.

VDMA Specification 24364, a cross-company set of rules, is available and describes requirements for testing, classification and identification. Festo supports this initiative with an appropriate classification of its products.

You, too, will benefit from this: In future you will be able to select our products even more precisely for your application using the VDMA identification system.

The VDMA specifications can also be downloaded free of charge from the members' area of the VDMA homepage by VDMA member companies for internal use. They can be found there in the Database for Technical Rules (DATeR). The accompanying practical guide is available to download at ot.vdma.org.

Corporate responsibility

Thinking in terms of generations and responsible, long-term management are deeply rooted in the corporate DNA of the family-owned company Festo. This is reflected in our corporate responsibility and sustainability management. Our contribution to sustainable development is set out in the Sustainability Strategy 2020+. This is based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and was adopted by our Management Board in 2020. Festo attaches great importance to promoting transparency.

More information on sustainability activities and relevant key figures can be found in Corporate responsibility and our Sustainability Report. In addition, Festo SE & Co. KG is continuously assessed by independent third parties. To gain insight into Festo’s sustainability performance, you can submit a request to us on the EcoVadis or NQC SupplierAssurance rating platforms.