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.

October 2022 update on product conformity marking for the UK and Northern Ireland

Following the departure of the UK from Europe at the end of 2020 the rules for product and machinery marking changed. For products previously requiring a CE mark a new Declaration of Conformity is required referencing UK legislation rather the EU legislation to enable the UKCA mark to be applied.

UKCA marking came into effect on the 1st January 2021; however, it is legal to continue using the CE marking whilst the assessment process, label changes and run-out of existing stocks is made, up until the deadline of the 1st January 2023. Please note the original deadline of 2022 was extended in August 2021.

See UK Gov website

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark will be applied to all products previously requiring a CE mark. The mark shows the product conforms to all relevant UK legislation (UK designated standards) and is backed by a UK Declaration of Conformity (DoC) and technical file. In most cases, the UKCA mark will be applied directly to the product/label or, if that is not possible, on the accompanying product packaging or instructions. Where a third-party conformity assessment is required, this will be conducted by a UK-recognised assessment body (UKMCAB).

For the specific area of Northern Ireland, specific rules apply and the CE mark should still be used.

The other significant change will be the change of status for Festo Ltd to become the UK Importer of Festo goods from the EU. It demonstrates that Festo UK assumes legal responsibility as the Importer. It ensures the correct conformity assessment procedures have been carried out, the goods have the correct conformity markings, technical documentation, and the labelling requirements are compliant.

The Festo engineering and product compliance teams are well prepared and are working intensively on this topic. We can confidently assure you that the full Festo range requiring conformance marking will be compliant well inside the laid-down deadline and will be available to all of our valued customers across the UK and for machine builders exporting to the UK market. We will keep our customers informed during this period and will be happy to answer any further questions.

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.

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.