Category Archives: Compliance

Important Update Regarding the TSCA Fees Rule and Your Company

By Kelly Scanlon, director, environment, health and safety policy and research, IPC Over the past month, IPC has brought to your attention that the TSCA Fees Rule may apply to your company beginning in 2020 and that there could be several challenges for those who need to comply. Challenges include the requirement to self-identify as […]

U.S. EPA Fees for Toxic Substances May Apply to Your Company This Year

By Kelly Scanlon, director of environment, health and safety policy and research Manufacturers and importers of “high-priority substances” and importers of articles containing these substances may be obligated to pay fees this year to defray the U.S. EPA’s costs for administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Many companies may be unaware of these […]

ECHA Clarifies SCIP Database Reporting Requirements at Stakeholder Workshop in Helsinki

By Aidan Turnbull, managing director, BOMcheck; Kelly Scanlon, director, EHS policy and research, IPC At a recent stakeholder workshop in Helsinki, Finland, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) shed more light on its upcoming Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) Database and how IPC standards factor into it. Starting January 5, 2021, all manufacturers will be […]

Help Us Help You: Does Your Company Use Any of These Chemicals?

By Kelly Scanlon, IPC Director, EHS Policy and Research IPC is seeking insights from its members regarding the use of several specific chemicals in their operations. From now through the end of December, the U.S. EPA will release draft risk evaluations for 10 chemicals. IPC will have opportunities to engage with policy makers during this […]

California Publishes Q&A on New Prop 65 Warning Requirements

Last week, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) posted a new question and answer document on the new Proposition 65 Clear and Reasonable Warning regulations announced last year. The final rule, announced by OEHHA on September 2, 2016, will be effective on August 30, 2018. The new rules include requirements for what […]

EU Commission Adopts Guidelines for Social Responsibility (Including Conflict Minerals) Reporting

On June 26, 2017, the European Union (EU) finalized “Guidelines on non-financial reporting,” to support companies in fulfilling their reporting obligations under current non-financial disclosure requirements. The adoption of the voluntary guidelines will supplement the already existing EU rules on non-financial reporting (Directive 2014/95/EU). Companies falling within its scope have to disclose relevant information on […]

Chinese Government Issues Draft List of Products Covered by China RoHS2

On June 29, 2017, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) issued a draft list of 12 consumer products that would be required to comply with hazardous substance restrictions under the country’s RoHS2 law, which is the same list of substances included under the European Union’s RoHS Directive. Feedback will be accepted until July […]

ECHA Adds Four Substances to REACH Candidate List

Four more substances will be added to the REACH candidate list in January after ECHA’s Member State Committee unanimously agreed they should be designated as substances of very high concern (SVHC). This will bring the total number of substances on the list to 173. The four substances are bisphenol A, the perfluorinated chemical PFDA (nonadecafluorodecanoic […]

RoHS and PoPs Chemicals Found in Nearly 40 Percent of Electronics in Sweden

Sweden’s Chemical Agency (Kemi) found banned chemicals in nearly 40 percent of audited low-cost electrical and electronic products. The audits, which took place throughout 2016, revealed that the discount electronics category has a “high rate of noncompliance” with Swedish and European Union RoHS and Persistent Organic Pollutants (PoPs) requirements. Labeling and documentation obligations under REACH […]

IPC Standards Committee Reports – Printed Board Design, Testing, Flex Circuits, High Speed/High Frequency, Rigid Printed Boards

These standards committee reports from IPC’s 2016 Fall Committee Meetings have been compiled to help keep you up to date on IPC standards committee activities. This is the first in a series of reports. Printed Board Design The 1-10b Printed Board Thermal Management Task Group met to discuss future testing programs for the evaluation of […]