Certifications & Compliances
Cirris maintains practices that will help ensure the continued high quality and reliability of Cirris products and to meet the needs of our customers.
AS9100 and ISO Certification
Cirris is compliant with ISO 9001 and AS9100D quality management certifications. We follow the strict guidelines of these standards to ensure the highest standards of service, hold upper management accountable, consider risk when implementing strategies, improve cleanliness through inspections and accountability, and promote safety such as ESD prevention and FOD control.
Calibration & Traceability
Calibration – Z540 and MIL-STD
Cirris complies with both the MIL-STD-45662A and Z540-1 standards. While Cirris is not a calibration laboratory, we are the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) and have the rights, responsibility, and authority to calibrate our manufactured test equipment. An OEM is not required to be certified as a calibration laboratory. All certificates of calibration issued by Cirris reflect this calibration status. Cirris’ quality procedures, including calibration, are continually reviewed by internal Cirris auditors and external auditors of Intertek.
Cirris follows the guidance in ANSI/NCSL Z540-1-1994, paragraph 10.2(b). Any standard used to calibrate a tester must have at least four times more accuracy than the measurement specs of the Cirris tester being verified. Cirris’ Performance Check Kits are manufactured and verified to meet or exceed this 4:1 ratio requirement.
Traceability – NIST
When the NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) confirms the accuracy of a test instrument’s ability to measure a given unit, an NIST number is assigned to that instrument for that unit of measure. NIST numbers are sometimes displayed on calibration certificates to demonstrate some evidence of NIST traceability. In recent years some calibration laboratories have discontinued displaying NIST numbers on calibration certificates in order to reduce calibration costs.
At this time Cirris does not receive NIST numbers on certificates for instruments used in calibration, and therefore cannot provide NIST numbers on calibration certificates for Cirris test equipment. Please note there is nothing in MIL-STD-45662A, Z540-1 or ISO 10012-1 that requires NIST numbers be maintained for each successive calibration to demonstrate traceability.
Cirris manufactures products that are compliant with the European Union legislated RoHS standard. Cirris testers, adapters, and accessories produced from the beginning of January 2015 onward are RoHS compliant.
Some custom products may be excluded. Contact your Cirris representative if you have questions.
EU REACH Compliance
Cirris neither imports nor exports chemical substances into or out of the EU. The small amount of chemicals used in our manufacturing process are confined within the United States and none are exported outside of our facility.
EU chemicals policy REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals) came into effect on June 1st 2007. There are many web sites containing detailed information on REACH. We recommend the European Chemicals Agency website.
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 Department of State interprets and enforces ITAR. Its goal is to safeguard US national security and further US foreign policy objectives.
For practical purposes, ITAR regulations dictate that information and material pertaining to defense and military related technologies (for items listed on the US Munitions List) may only be shared with US Persons unless authorization from the Department of State is received or a special exemption is used.
To be specific, ITAR does not apply to information related to general scientific, mathematical or engineering principles that is commonly taught in schools and colleges or information that is legitimately in the public domain. Cirris products are commercially available testers used for a variety of quality test and verification applications. Cirris equipment can assure that cables, harnesses (or other interconnection devices like PCB’s) are meeting desired build specifications. Our products are not in any way part of the USML list of restricted items. Therefore Cirris is not required to register its products.
Conflict Minerals Statement
In July of 2010, the United States Congress passed legislation requiring companies to report the use of “Conflict Minerals” in the manufacture of their products.
“Conflict Minerals” in this context refer to specific minerals originating from mines controlled by armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or adjoining countries. The specific metals in question are:
- Coltan (columbite tantalite) and its derivatives (Tantalum)
- Cassiterite and its derivatives (Tin)
- Wolframite and its derivatives (Tungsten)
Social & Environmental Stewardship: Conflict Minerals
The enactment of U.S. Congress HR 4173, specifically with regard to section 1502-Conflict Minerals, addresses serious issues and concerns within the supply chain for raw materials. Cirris, Inc. has monitored the related issues and developments as they impact our electronics supply chain. We are fully aware of this law and continue to monitor the related, ongoing SEC developments. Cirris is committed to helping our customers comply with all reporting requirements. And at this time we are confident that our supply chain does not purchase raw materials that conflict with section 1502-Conflict Minerals.
Component manufacturers have made it clear that their distributors are not authorized to provide this complex data to the end customer, as traditional component distribution activities are not within the scope of the bill’s reporting requirements.
Cirris does not file reports with the SEC under Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, which states in the Conflict Materials Scope “A company is not required to comply with the conflict mineral disclosure requirements if it is able to answer “no” to any of the following questions:
- Does the company file reports with the SEC under Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act?
- Does the company manufacture or contract to manufacture products?
- Are conflict minerals necessary to the functionality or production of the product manufactured or contracted to be manufactured?
However, Cirris realizes the importance of this initiative and fully supports its spirit. We continue earnest efforts to facilitate the timely flow of information to assist our customers.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.