Compliance with the Environmental Regulations in Each Country

In complying with environmental laws and regulations, the Advantest Group is working towards eliminating the use of hazardous materials while also pursuing environmental conservation efforts that involve reducing the consumption of energy and resources.
More specifically, we have been working with our suppliers since the autumn 2003 on initiatives to investigate and eliminate the use of restricted hazardous materials.
We are in compliance with the European RoHS Directive*.

Collaboration with Overseas Subsidiaries

Advantest has organized a global team among those overseas bases that have R&D departments (Japan, Germany, USA) since the middle of 2020, and has built a system to work on compliance with laws and regulations related to environment, quality, and safety of our products.

Currently, we hold regular global meetings to agree to and unify our recognition as an Advantest Group. Based on this understanding, each subsidiaries promotes the drafting and implementation of environmental law education materials for local engineers according to the product groups.

The EU-RoHS Directive

Advantest's semiconductor Test system, Test handler are classified as Large-Scale Stationary Industrial Tools (LSSIT) under the EU-RoHS directive, and as such are exempt from the directive's provisions. Nevertheless, on the basis of our commitment to environmental conservation, we will continue to work towards continuing elimination of hazardous substances from these product lines.

*The European RoHS Directive and its revision stipulate ((EU) 2015/863) restrictions on the use of specified hazardous substances contained in electric and electrical devices in Europe; inclusion of the following substances (10 such substances are used for our products as of July 22, 2021) in excess of the maximum allowed limits is prohibited, except for exempted purposes.

  • Lead (Pb)
  • Hexavalent chromium (Cr VI)
  • Mercury (Hg)
  • Polybrominated biphenyl (PBB)
  • Cadmium (Cd)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
  • Bis phthalate (2-ethylhexyl) (DEHP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)

The Chinese RoHS Directive

The China RoHS directive outlines the following items for selling products, which contain the same 6 substances set out in the first EU RoHS directive, within China: (1) identification marks (on the product) of whether or not it contains specified hazardous substances; (2) indication of environment-friendly use period (on the product); (3) description of the type, region, and amount of hazardous substances contained (in the product manual); (4) labeling of packaging materials (on the packaging materials themselves); and (5) year and month of production.
Advantest has established a system to assure that these labels are reliably displayed in products to be shipped for China.

Chemical Substances Contained in Product

SVHC of the REACH Regulation

REACH is a regulation of the European Union, which stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH places the burden of proof on companies, where they are obliged to register, submit documents, and report on the linked to the substances they manufacture or import in the EU with a total amount of 1 ton or more per year to the European Chemicals Agency. Advantest's products or "molded articles" are exempt from REACH's provisions as said; however, hazardous substances contained, its doses, and candidates for substances of very high concern (SVHC) must be reported upon request.

Advantest products may contain the following SVHC:

  • Diarsenic pentaoxide
  • Diarsenic trioxide
  • Boric acid
  • Hexavalent chromium compound
  • Disodium tetraborate, anhydrous
  • Lead chromate
  • Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
  • Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP)
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP)
  • 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters (DHNUP)
  • Trixylyl phosphate (2-chloroethyl) (TCEP)
  • 4- (1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl) phenol
  • Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)
  • Sulfurous acid, lead salt, dibasic
  • 1,2-dimethoxyethane; ethylene glycol dimethyl ether (EGDME)
  • Pentalead tetraoxide sulphate
  • Boric anhydride
  • N,N-dimethylformamide
  • Diisopentyl phthalate (DIPP)
  • N-pentyl-isipentyl phthalate
  • Lead titanate, lead titanium trioxide
  • Lead titanate zirconate
  • Lead oxide sulfate
  • (Phthalato (2-))dioxotrilead
  • Di-n-hexyl phthalate (DnHP)
  • Methylhexahydrophthalic anhydride
  • Cadmium
  • Cadmium oxide
  • Dipentyl phthalate (DPP)
  • 4-Nonylphenol, branched and linear, ethoxylated
  • Cadmium sulfide
  • Imidazolidine-2-thione, 2-imidazoline-2-thiol
  • 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-10-alkyl esters, mixed decyl and hexyl and octyl diesters
  • Benzo[def]chrysene (Benzo[a]pyrene)
  • Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)
  • 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (BPA)
  • 1,6,7,8,9,14,15,16,17,17,18,18Dodecachloropentacyclo[,9.02,13.05,10]octadeca-7,15-diene ("Dechlorane Plus" ™)
  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4)
  • Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)
  • Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6)
  • Terphenyl, hydrogenated
  • Lead
  • 2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane
  • Tris(4-nonylphenyl, branched and linear) phosphite (TNPP) with >= 0.1% w/w of 4-nonylphenol, branched and linear (4-NP)
  • 4,4'-(1-methylpropylidene)bisphenol
  • Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP)
  • 6,6'-di-tert-butyl-2,2'-methylenedi-p-cresol


Businesses who manufacture, distribute, sell, use, dispose of perchlorate materials (containing 6 ppb perchlorate or more) for resale or use in California, and when exporting to California need to ensure that these perchlorate materials are properly labeled on their individual packaging boxes and carrier boxes (for shipping packaging). The majority of perchlorate materials are lithium-ion batteries, which are already labeled on our products.

<The following label or mark is necessary>
Perchlorate Material - special handling may apply, See

The following Advantest products may also contain perchlorate.

Test System T Series, B Series, and H series
Test Handler M Series
E-Beam Lithography and SEM Metrology/Review F Series and E Series
Terahertz Analysis System TAS7 Series and TS Series
Leading Edge Product WM Series (AirLogger) and HA Series

Proposition 65

Proposition 65 is a law that protects the citizens of California from serious exposure to chemical substances that are known to trigger cancer, congenital anomalies or reproductive disorders.
The law requires companies and people conducting business in California to provide clear and reasonable warnings before knowingly and purposely exposing California's citizens to chemical substances on the Proposition 65 list.

Although Advantest products may contain chemical substances that are included in the Proposition 65 list, there is no risk of human exposure through skin contact, ingestion or inhalation if the products are used according to Advantest recommendations.
For this reason, Advantest has deemed that a warning label stating that a product contains chemical substances listed in Proposition 65 is unnecessary.

Based on customer requests, we can offer information on chemical substances included in Advantest products that are listed in Proposition 65.

Furthermore, as there is a risk of exposure to the chemical substances listed in Proposition 65 when handling Advantest products in a way that is not recommended by us, such as destroying or shattering the products, we recommend taking measures such as wearing dust masks, protective gloves, and ventilating to alleviate and reduce any risk of exposure.