IPC APEX EXPO® 2012 Standards Committees Reports: Environment and Supplier Declaration

This is the first in a series of reports on standards activities at IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego in early March. For more information on these committees, please contact Fern Abrams, director of environmental policy and government relations, or Stephanie Castorina, manager of environmental policy, at +1 703-522-0225. You can also find drafts and minutes at www.ipcapexexpo.org.

Supplier Declaration

The 2-18 Supplier Declaration Committee discussed amendments to IPC-1751A, Generic Requirements for Declaration Process Management. The proposed amendments would improve the readability of the standard and correct errors in the XML schema. IPC-1751A contains the basic supplier and requestor information that is a mandatory part of the other sectional standards.

The 2-18b Materials Declaration Task Group discussed proposed amendments to IPC-1752A, Materials Declaration Management. The amendments will help IPC-1752A align with the IEC 62474 standard, improve the handling of attachments to a declaration and include the REACH substances that are restricted. The proposed amendments will be circulated for ballot in April 2012. The task group also discussed the inclusion of a conflict minerals query.

The 2-18c Laminate Declaration Task Group reviewed the status of IPC-1753 and determined the UML model conditions for the standard. After review, the group decided to move the materials declaration standards (IPC-1753, IPC-1754, and IPC-1755) to the Electronic Documentation Technology Committee (2-40). The group felt that the electronic XML format would be more appropriate linked to the electronic documentation subject as opposed to a material declaration hierarchy. This change was communicated to the materials declaration chairs.

The 2-18f Pack and Packing Materials Declaration Task Group celebrated the successful ballot for IPC-1758, Declaration Requirements for Shipping, Packing, and Packaging Materials. The standard is expected to be published in April 2012.

The 2-18g Declaration of Batteries and Battery Materials Task Group discussed the scope of IPC-1759, Declaration of Batteries and Battery Materials. Material content of batteries is covered in IPC-1752A and therefore, IPC-1759 must go beyond the material content of batteries to cover other compliance information. The committee will continue to work on identifying data fields that would need to be included in the standard to support effectively  gathering the necessary information on batteries.

The 2-18h Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Task Group discussed data fields for inclusion in a data exchange standard for conflict minerals data. The task group used the EICC/GeSI template as a starting point to identifying the appropriate data fields. The task group will continue working on developing the standard.

The 2-18j Lab Report Declaration Task Group held its first meeting during IPC APEX EXPO. This task group will develop a standardized laboratory report format for gathering and communicating information on testing data for chemicals in products. This project will facilitate the exchange of laboratory reports between supply chain members by having a standardized laboratory report format and way to exchange the information contained in the lab reports. The task group will continue to finalize the scope for this standard during subsequent teleconferences.

Environment, Health and Safety

The 4-30 Environmental, Health and Safety Committee heard several presentations on environmental, health and safety issues impacting electronics manufacturers. The presentations were on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Globally Harmonized System (GHS) rule, sustainability reporting, OSHA enforcement at the state and federal level, and a presentation on a group of industry representatives working to keep gallium arsenide off the REACH (substance of very high concern) SVHC list. The presentations are available for IPC members only in the IPC members-only website. The committee also discussed conducting an energy survey for the electronics industry. Based on previous response rates for an energy benchmarking survey, there is not enough interest to conduct such a survey.

The 4-33a Low Halogen Guideline Task Group discussed the current draft guideline for defining low halogen electronics. The draft guideline will be circulated for industry review and formal comment period in April 2012.

The 4-34b Labeling Task Group discussed how to obtain information on the rate of adoption/usage of J-STD-609A, IPC/JEDEC Marking and Labeling of Components, PCBs and PCBAs to Identify Lead (Pb), Lead-Free (Pb-Free) and Other Attributes. The committee also discussed potentially changing the “HF” code for halogen free base materials to LH for “low halogen”, but no further coding such as LH-A, LH-B or LH-C standard was supported by the committee.  The committee also discussed possible e-codes for bare metal devices and concluded that such devices are outside the scope of J-STD-609A.



The E-20 Intellectual Property Standard Committee reviewed and approved the proposed audit process, proposed audit scoring system, beta audit plans, and auditor qualification requirements. The first beta audit is expected to occur during the third quarter of 2012.

The E-30 Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Committee discussed the development of a due diligence guidance document for conflict minerals compliance. The committee made considerable progress on drafting an outline for the guidance document.

One Comment

  1. Robin Burrough
    Posted May 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    The disclosure of Full Material Declarations for bare printed circuit boards looks to be a daunting task as my supplier base seems averse to joining BOMcheck or providing complete “recipes” for their raw materials. Can someone advise me on how such declarations are to be done with IPC-1752 docs for a bare printed board? An example of one filled out would be great. Also, is there plans in the foreseeable future for IPC pushing BOMcheck membership and entered declarations for raw material suppliers?

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