Suppliers are accountable for shipping materials, components, parts and products to HP that comply with HP’s General Specification for the Environment (GSE) as specified in our contracts, hardware drawings, and specifications. HP relies on "Active Verification" to ensure that our materials restrictions are reflected in our products. The process to ensure product environmental compliance must be built into the design and manufacturing process, and cannot simply be "tested" at the end. Suppliers and their sub-suppliers must ensure that non-compliant material cannot enter the manufacturing process and that compliant processes are used. HP's implementation of this philosophy is illustrated below.
HP's active verification process has four compliance assurance steps:
- Compliance declaration and tracking. HP communicates compliance requirements to suppliers. Suppliers provide declaration that parts or products shipped to HP are compliant. HP tracks and documents supplier compliance information.
- Supplier process validation. HP validates that suppliers have compliance management processes in place and that the supplier implements corrective action, as needed.
- Supplier verification. Suppliers test designated parts for the presence of certain restricted substances as required in the HP GSE and the HP Active Verification Material Testing Specification. Suppliers must provide other data and documentation, as requested by HP, to verify compliance.
- Analytical testing. HP performs analytical testing, as needed, to validate supplier compliance declarations and the supplier compliance management system.
Each of these steps includes feedback to the supplier. 2012
The HP Active Verification Material Testing Specification is available to HP suppliers on the password-protected HP Supplier Portal Log in, or register for access, and look under the specifications listing.