Category Archives: Compliance

ECHA Publishes Updated REACH Guidance

On December 17, 2015, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published updated guidance on requirements for substances in articles. The guidance is a “fast-track update” to make “quick” corrections to the guidance so that it conforms to the September 10, EU Court of Justice ruling on a the calculation of levels of substances of very high […]

Changes to California Proposition 65: IPC has it Covered

In early January, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released proposed changes to the Proposition 65 Regulations. The proposed changes are expected to increase the burden of compliance on all companies doing business in California. The proposed regulations list 12 additional substances that companies are required to include on the warning label. One […]

Get your questions on export control regulations answered at IPC APEX EXPO

Learn about the new export control regulations and changes to ITAR restrictions for electronics

2014 DSW Rule Fails to Sufficiently Incentivize Recycling

On December 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a final version of the 2011 proposed revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) rule. Unfortunately, the final rule fails to provide adequate regulatory relief for manufacturers wishing to do the right thing by recycling valuable secondary materials. “IPC is disappointed that the DSW […]

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 […]

IPC Cooperates with Other Industry Groups on RoHS2 Exemptions

IPC representatives are working closely with their American and European counterparts in the electronics, lighting, and manufacturing industries to pursue renewal of expiring RoHS exemptions. A cross-industry management board meets monthly to coordinate efforts on exemptions.  The groups are currently discussing renewals of exemptions for Hg (mercury) in lamps (Exemption 4f), Pb (lead) in metal […]

Reminder: Participate in Tulane’s Conflict Minerals Post-filing Survey

Many of you are aware of, and some of you have participated in, Tulane’s anonymous conflict minerals post-filing survey, which aims to reveal the realities of Dodd-Frank Section 1502 regulatory compliance. So far, 132 companies have participated, with 75 of those from issuers or issuer and Tier 1 suppliers, ranging from the $50-100 million revenue […]

Participate in Tulane University’s Conflict Minerals Post-filing Survey

In 2011, Tulane University estimated the projected cost of conflict minerals compliance upon companies to be $7.93 billion. Your participation in Tulane University’s post-filing survey will help provide critical information about the cost impacts of conflict minerals compliance. Access survey at: http://tulane.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0oBvozy4Y6do3bL. Password: JUNE2014. For up-to-the-minute information on conflict minerals reporting and lessons learned from […]

U.S. Appeals Court Denies Request to Delay Conflict Minerals Rule

On May 14, a U.S. Appeals Court denied a Motion for Stay filed by industry groups to delay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) June 2 deadline for conflict minerals reporting. Public companies are required to report conflict minerals information from 2013 to the SEC by the June 2 deadline. In April, the US […]

SEC Issues Conflict Minerals Reporting Guidance; Petitioners File for Stay

Following U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White’s April 29, 2014 statement to members of the House Financial Services Committee that the agency will continue to implement the conflict minerals rule upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals, the SEC published staff guidance to companies on meeting the May 31 reporting deadline. […]