Tag Archives: EHS

Evaluating RoHS: What Works and What Doesn’t

By Kelly Scanlon, director, EHS policy and research The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive, known as RoHS, aims to protect human health and the environment and maximize recovery of certain hazardous substances after their use. How well is the RoHS Directive working? We’re about to find out. Specifically, there are several opportunities between […]

IPC Standards Committee Reports – Product Data, Shop Floor Communication, Supplier Declaration, EH&S, Conflict Minerals

These standards committee reports from IPC APEX EXPO 2016 have been compiled to help keep you up to date on IPC standards committee activities. This is the third in the series of reports. Product Data The 1-16 Printed Board Assembly Products Manufacturing Description Data and Transfer Methodology (IPC-2581) Task Group met to review the changes […]

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 http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/testing-chemicals-and-reporting-and-retention-information-under-tsca-sections-4-and-8. This is a great […]

IPC Members Advocate for Regulatory Relief

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, IPC members traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with senior U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff on regulatory relief. The members advocated for regulatory relief from onerous Resource Conservation and Recovery (RCRA) regulations, the recycling of wastewater treatment sludges from electroplating operations (F006), pointing out that F006 contains a large […]

IPC Suggests Congressional Oversight on Three Burdensome Regulations

IPC recently sent a letter to the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding burdensome regulations in need of Congressional oversight. The letter highlighted three regulations that have or will have a significant impact on electronics manufacturers:  the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed modifications to the Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory Update […]

Regulation, Standards and Science: Where are we on halogen free?

IPC Director of Government Relations and Environmental Policy Fern Abrams explains the nuances and complexities of halogen free in this month’s Circuitree. IPC considers halogen free a marketing term, supports sound science, opposes non-science-based regulation of halogens, and yet is developing an industry guideline for low-halogen electronics. Read the article and decide for yourself.


A recent Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ruling found that inaccessible electronic components in children’s products will not be subject to the lead limits that were enacted last summer under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). This finding is critical to the electronics industry because electronics manufacturers building children’s products will not need to meet CPSIA lead limits, which are lower than the limits in the European Union Restriction on Hazardous Substances Directive.

In the same ruling, CPSC stated that inaccessible component parts do not have to be tested and certified as to the lead content. This means that electronics manufacturers will not be required to conduct expensive third party testing of inaccessible component parts for lead content.

A Changing Industry

An emerging theme from this week’s IPC APEX EXPO can be easily stated with one word: change. The world is changing. The economy is changing. Our industry is changing.