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STMC or the Standardized Test Methods Committee is a global committee formed to find and promote standardized test methods for the printer cartridge industry. These test methods are used to evaluate toner printer cartridge performance. By using standardized test methods, anyone can evaluate a cartridge anywhere and come up with the same test results no matter what.

A company that is STMC certified is one that has purchased the correct test equipment, verifies the use of these test methods, and has had their employees successfully trained by an authorized trainer of these test methods. The authorized trainers were required to take a training session by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and pass a written exam with a score of 80% or more. In addition to Dr. John Wyhof, SCC, and Lester Cornelius, OTC, there are only 10 authorized trainers. Once the trainer has determined that the company employee(s) have successfully completed the training and have also proven they have the test equipment, they will send a letter to the company stating as such.

There are a lot of perks to being STMC certified. There are state and even some private contracts that will only be awarded to STMC certified companies. Although we here at InkForCheap are not certified, our vendors are. This means that all of our products have been tested and approved by the STMC standards. 

ISO 9001:2008 is the part of the ISO 9000 family of standards which sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is the only standard of this family that can be certified. The standard is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach, and continual improvement. It can be used by any organization regardless of its size or field of activity. Actually, ISO 9001:2008 is implemented by over one million companies and organizations in over 170 countries. All of our products here at InkForCheap come from an ISO 9001:2008 certified factory. 

REACH is a new EU Law on safe use of chemicals. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. The regulation came into force on 1st June 2007. REACH replaces numerous EU laws related to chemicals and is complementary to other environmental and safety legislation.

The European Union publicized and enforced the Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS Directive) on 13 February 2003 and 1 July 2006 respectively. The RoHS Directive restricts the use of six hazardous substances: cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), hexavalent chromium (Cr6+), polybrominated byphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).