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Our products are in compliance with the following organizations:

  • IEC
  • NEMA
  • ITAR
  • Berry Amendment 2533b
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What does IEC mean?

The International Electrotechnical Commission is a non-profit, non-governmental international standards organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as "electrotechnology".

What does NEMA mean?

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) devised a rating system for enclosures, connectors and other equipment that is exposed to liquids, rain, ice, corrosion and contaminates such as dust. The chart below shows the different NEMA ratings and how they compare to each other.

NEMA Definition 

What does ITAR mean?

International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of United States government regulations that control the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML).

The U.S. Government requires all manufacturers, exporters, and brokers of defense articles, defense services or related technical data to be ITAR compliant. If your company falls under these categories, the following information will help answer some of your questions.

More and more companies are requiring that members of their supply chain be ITAR CERTIFIED or ITAR COMPLIANT. Language to that end is often contained in contracts, on purchase orders and request for proposals. Nowhere in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is it spelled out what “ITAR certified” means. If you speak to different staff members of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), you may get slightly different answers, but the “not for attribution” acceptable, generally safe definition is as follows:

For a company involved in the manufacture, sale or distribution of goods or services covered under the United States Munitions List (USML), or a component supplier to goods covered under the USML, the stipulation or requirement of being “ITAR certified (compliant)” means that the company must be registered with the State Department’s DDTC, if required as spelled out on DDTC’s web site and the company must understand and abide by the ITAR as it applies to their USML linked goods or services. The company themselves is certifying that they operate in accordance with the ITAR when they accept being a supplier for the USML prime exporter.

In other simpler words, to be ITAR COMPLIANT, a company needs to register with DDTC and know what is required of them to be in compliance with the ITAR, and self certify that they possess this knowledge.

What is RoHS WEEE?

The RoHS Directive stands for "the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment". This Directive bans the placing on the EU market of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants. 

HM Wire International, Inc. understands the requirements of the RoHS Directive and ensures that our products and our components, comply.

For your consideration the following information is provided. 
RoHS Compliance Feedback Form.pdf

  • Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Directive 2002/96/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 January 2003 on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
  • Directive 2003/108/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 Dece

What is the Berry Admendment?

The Berry Amendment’s Specialty Metals Restrictions Do Not Apply To Commercial Off-The-Shelf Items

Summary: On October 26, 2007, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) issued new guidance relating to the Berry Amendment’s prohibition of the acquisition of specialty metals melted or produced outside the United States. The guidance, in the form of a class deviation to the Department of Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”), provides that the Berry Amendment’s restrictions do not apply to the acquisition of commercial off-the-shelf (“COTS”) items. A COTS item is a commercial item “sold in substantial quantities in the commercial marketplace” that is “offered to the Government, without modification, in the same form in which it is sold in the commercial marketplace.” 41 U.S.C. § 431(c). The exception of COTS items from the restrictions of the Berry Amendment is an important and necessary policy change that will ease the burden on defense contractors and the supplier community.

The Berry Amendment: The Berry Amendment, codified at 10 U.S.C. § 2533a and 2533b, restricts DOD’s ability to acquire certain non-domestic goods, including food, clothing, cotton and specialty metals not grown, reprocessed, reused, melted, or produced in the United States. Because of the unique issues surrounding the procurement of “specialty metals,” last year’s National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (Pub. L. 109-364) (“FY07 NDAA”) created a new section 2533b under Title 10 to address the restrictions related to them. The term “specialty metals” includes certain steel alloys (most significantly, stainless steel), nickel, iron-nickel, or cobalt base alloys, titanium or titanium alloys, and zirconium or zirconium base alloys. Section 2533b restricts the procurement of specialty metals “purchased directly by the Department of Defense or a prime contractor,” such as raw stock. For the acquisition of six categories of end items (“the big six”), it restricts the purchase of “end items, or components thereof, containing a specialty metal, or components thereto.” The “big six” are: (1) aircraft, (2) missile and space systems, (3) ships, (4) tank and automotive items, (5) weapon systems, and (6) ammunition.

The FY07 NDAA also provided an exception for commercial electronic components whose specialty metal content is de minimis. The specialty metal restriction under the new section 2533b, however, expressly applies to the acquisition of other commercial items. See 10 U.S.C. § 2552b(h). Commercial items are essentially items other than real property that have been sold, leased, or licensed or offered for sale, lease, or license to the general public. See 41 U.S.C. § 403(12)(A). While the FY07 NDAA expressly stated that it applied to the procurement of commercial items, and thus, commercial items were not excepted, it failed to address whether it applied to COTS items. Although COTS items are a subset of commercial items sold in substantial quantities in the commercial marketplace, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (“OFPP”) Act provides that if a statute does not expressly state that it is applicable to COTS items, COTS items are excluded from coverage. 41 U.S.C. § 431(b)(2). Thus, even though Congress expressly applied the restrictions of the Berry Amendment to commercial items, that express application was not sufficient to apply Berry Amendment restrictions to COTS items.

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