Standards Compliance

This document outlines the various standards with which SparkFun is compliant. For information on compliance with laws or legal authorities please see our Guidelines for Law Enforcement.

PCI Compliance

SparkFun is fully compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) version 2.0. This standard covers the secure handling of cardholder data:

Cardholder Data
Any personally identifiable data associated with a credit card holder. This could be an account number, expiration date, name, address, social security number, etc. All personally identifiable information associated with the cardholder that is stored, processed, or transmitted is also considered cardholder data.

Please do not send any of your cardholder data over email or chat.

SparkFun passes cardholder information through our servers to our payment gateway provided by FirstData. As such SparkFun is required to complete a Self Assessment Questionnaire at level D annually.

SparkFun is also responsible for quarterly automated PCI scans by an approved scanning vendor (ASV). Our current ASV is ControlScan.

Do Not Track Compliance

SparkFun complies with the Do Not Track standard for respecting the wishes of visitors who wish to opt out of tracking technologies. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

RoHS Compliance

RoHS = Restriction of Hazardous Substance Directive

Here is the European Union WEEE directive that started it all. If you've seen the trash can icon with an X imprinted on an electronic device, you've seen this directive in action. Basically it is a reduction in lead and other harmful materials in electronics and how these products are disposed of. As of July 1st, 2006 many of the electronic products being sold in the EU must be RoHS compliant. There are exceptions including electronics that fall into the "Control & Monitoring Equipment" which many SFE products can be described as.

While the US has no legislation on use of lead in the manufacturing of electronics, we work hard to keep up with the rest of the world. Becoming lead-free was a huge pain, but we feel it's important to limit our footprint on the world. So the ICs and the components on RoHS products produced by SFE are lead-free, the solder and solder paste that is used during construction contains no lead, and the printed circuit boards (PCBs) are produced in such a way to have no lead or mercury, and some fun chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ethers are extremely limited.

So if you see a product page with this symbol: RoHS then you'll know the board, components, and soldering techniques are all lead-free, RoHS compliant, and a little less harmful for you, me, and the earth.

Unfortunately, we cannot provide conformance documentation for products that are RoHS compliant.

If you'd like to learn more, checkout RoHS on Wikipedia.