Category Archives: Regulations

SEC to Reconsider Conflict Minerals Guidance

On January 31, 2017, Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Michael S. Piwowar released a public statement directing the SEC staff to consider whether their 2014 guidance is still appropriate and whether any additional relief is appropriate.  The guidance was issued by the SEC after the April 2014 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ finding […]

RoHS Exemptions Unlikely to Be Published Before Fall 2017

The EU Commission and Member States continue to meet to discuss the disposition of RoHS exemption renewal requests submitted by industry in January 2015.  During their December 15, 2016 meeting in Brussels, the experts reviewed requests on: Lead as an alloying element in steel (Annex III exemption 6a); Lead as an alloying element in aluminum […]

U.S. EPA Issues Nano Reporting Rule

On, January 12, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a rule requiring one-time reporting and recordkeeping requirements on nanoscale chemical substances in the marketplace. Nanoscale materials have special properties related to their small size such as greater strength and lighter weight, however, they may take on different properties than their conventionally-sized counterpart. Nanoparticles […]

OECD Public Consultation on Due Diligence Guidance for Supply Chain Issues

The Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) is currently developing a general OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct and Companion to the Due Diligence Guidance to provide practical support to companies on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Both the U.S. Dodd-Frank and the recent EU legislation reference the OECD […]

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 […]

What will Happen to the DOL Final Overtime Rule with the New Administration?

IPC continues to address issues with the Department of Labor (DOL) final overtime rule on its own and by working with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity—the coalition of companies and associations from many different industries. IPC’s significant concerns with the final rule are that it neglects to consider regional pay differences, wage compression on […]

EPA Announces First Ten Substances to be Reviewed Under LSCA

On November 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first 10 chemicals that will be undergo risk evaluations under the recently reformed Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):  1,4-Dioxane  1-Bromopropane  Asbestos  Carbon Tetrachloride  Cyclic Aliphatic Bromides Cluster  Methylene Chloride  N-methylpyrrolidone  Pigment Violet 29  Tetrachloroethylene, also known as Perchloroethylene  Trichloroethylene Many of the listed solvents, […]

Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Halting DOL Overtime Rule

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Department of Labor final overtime rule that would double the minimum salary threshold for salaried employees, indefinitely postponing the December 1 effective date while he weighs challenges to the rule. IPC has been mobilizing our members on this issue for months; and we’ve collaborated with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, a broad-based business coalition, in advocacy […]

EU Reaches Final Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation

Today, at the end of the day in Europe, negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council of Ministers and the European Commission reached a final agreement on the Conflict Minerals Regulation. For the past five months, the Council and the European Parliament have been working together to implement a June political agreement on conflict minerals regulation. […]

EU Commission Launches Consultation on Two New Exemption Requests

The EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. BiPRO GmbH has been commissioned by DG ENV to provide technical assistance regarding the evaluation of applications and the related stakeholder consultations, for the following two new exemptions: Cadmium in video cameras designed for use in environments exposed to […]