Sourcing of Conflict-Free Tantalum

X-medics policy concerning Conflict free sourcing and avoidance use of tantalum material with origin in conflict areas

President Obama signed in July 2010 into law H.R. 4173, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In addition to the financial regulatory reforms that constitute the primary focus of the legislation, the new law imposes requirements relating to “Conflict Minerals.” Specifically, Section 1502 of the Act imposes Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements upon U.S. companies if their products contain tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold (commonly referred to as the 3TGs).

In relation to the law above X-medics has the following policy:

  • X-medics does not use tantalum minerals with origin in the DRC Congo or other conflict areas covered by the law.
  • X-medics demands from its suppliers of tantalum material to document that they actively try to avoid use of materials arising from such areas and as part X-medics supplier approval procedures.
  • X-medics suppliers can show evidence for activities that constantly ensure proper origin of the materials. Proper documentation includes 3rd party auditing by independent auditor review by Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (www.eicc.info) or a similar recognized body.