Author Archives: Stephanie Voyles

Tulane University Conducts Conflict Minerals Market Impact Survey of Entire Supply Chain

IPC members and many other companies are continuing to be burdened by compliance with U.S. conflict minerals regulations, while Europe contemplates its own conflict minerals regulations. In a continuing effort to quantify the burdens experienced by companies, especially those in the supply chain, Tulane University is conducting a Conflict Minerals Market Survey. The survey results […]

California DTSC Releases Safer Consumer Product Regulation Three-year Work Plan

On April 16, 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released its three-year work plan for the Safer Consumer Products regulation. Even though electronics are often a target for substance restriction regulations, DTSC chose to focus on product categories that have a direct impact on consumers. The work plan outlines DTSC’s policy priorities […]

EU Court Advisor Releases Opinion on the REACH Article Debate

Last week, the European Union Advocate-General to the Court of Justice issued an opinion on the debate regarding the concept of an “article” under the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) regulation. The Advocate-General’s opinion stated that the threshold for registration requirements applies to the whole article, not at the level of each individual […]

California to Require Hazard Warnings on Products Containing Twelve Common Chemicals

Anyone who has ever been to California is familiar with the ubiquitous Proposition 65 signs, “WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.”  Applying to any product sold in the state of California, Proposition 65 traces origins to a 1986 voter initiative. […]

Industry Survey Reveals Significant Cost for Conflict Minerals Compliance

The first year of conflict minerals reporting has come and gone, but how much did it cost? What lessons have we learned? A comprehensive Tulane University survey of 2013 issuers shows average costs per issuer, identifies qualitative measures issuers are currently using, and identifies common supply chain practices. The survey results indicate an overall cost […]

RoHS Exemption 7b Set to Expire; You Can Help Ensure Renewal

Exemption 7b under the EU RoHS Directive will expire in July 2016 unless a renewal is granted. Requests for renewal of Exemption 7b must be submitted by January 2015. Renewal requests require technical information, including reliability data that proves the need for an exemption to continue. Lead solders that meet the criteria in Exemption 7b […]

Brent Grazman, Vice President for Quality at Viasystems to Testify on Capitol Hill

Tomorrow, February 4, at 10:00 am ET, Brent Grazman, Vice President for Quality at Viasystems will be testifying on behalf of IPC before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy regarding the efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). To see him testify, visit This is a great […]

China RoHS Update Up for Public Consultation until August 19

On July 16, 2010, the Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a proposed update to the “Draft Measures for the Pollution Control of Electrical and Electronic Product,” the so-called “China RoHS,” for public consultation until August 19, 2010. One key feature is that they have changed “Electronic Information Products” to “Electronic […]

Oko Institute to Evaluate Exemptions Requests under RoHS

The RoHS Directive (2002/95/EC) on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment states “that from 1 July 2006, new electrical and electronic equipment put on the market does not contain lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, PBB or PBDE.” The Annex to the RoHS Directive lists a limited number […]

Draft China RoHS Catalog Released

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has released a draft of the first batch of the China RoHS Catalog. The China RoHS catalog lists electronic information products (EIP) that are subject to substance restrictions put forth in the Chinese Concentration Limits standard. The first batch of EIPs identified in the draft catalogue […]