Tag Archives: Fern Abrams

Fern Abrams to Present on U.S. Chemicals Regulation at Prestigious Electronics Goes Green Conference

On September 7, Fern Abrams, IPC’s director of regulatory affairs and government relations, will present at Electronics Goes Green 2016+ Conference in Berlin, Germany. Her presentation, “Evolution of U.S. Chemicals Regulation: Updating the Toxic Substances Control Act for the 21st Century” will provide an overview of the main U.S. Chemicals Regulation, the Toxic Substances Control […]

Consultants to EU Publish Recommendations on RoHS Exemptions

The Oeko-Institut e.V., Institute for Applied Ecology and Fraunhofer-Institut IZM for Environmental and Reliability Engineering, consultants to the European Union (EU) Commission (Commission) recently published their recommendations on 29 requested renewals of RoHS exemptions. The report: “Assistance to the Commission on Technological Socio-Economic and Cost-Benefit Assessment Related to Exemptions from the Substance Restrictions in Electrical […]

European Union Conflict Minerals Legislation Negotiations Continue; OECD Moves Toward Broader Scope

EU trialogue (EU Council, Commission and Parliament) negotiations on conflict minerals continued with discussions during a May 11 meeting in Strasbourg, France. The trialogue continues to wrestle with downstream vs. upstream and mandatory vs. voluntary due diligence. In an effort to reach compromise, the Dutch Presidency is pushing a compromise based on a mandatory system […]

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 […]

IPC Highlights Small Business Difficulties with Conflict Minerals Due Diligence at OECD Forum

At the OECD-UN-ICGLR GoE Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, May 26–28 in Paris, IPC Director of Government Relations and Environmental Policy Fern Abrams spoke on conflict minerals due diligence of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Addressing representatives of national governments, companies and civil society, Abrams highlighted challenges faced by SMEs conducting due diligence on […]

IPC Offers Seminars to Explain Changing ITAR Regulations

Recent and additional expected changes to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will impact electronics companies that manufacture for the aerospace and defense markets. These regulations specifically address printed boards and printed board designs and affect the entire electronics supply chain, from OEMs to printed board manufacturers and designers. A […]

PCBs catching attention on Capitol Hill

Fern Abrams, IPC’s Director of Government Relations and Environmental Policy, discusses the importance of the organization’s efforts in Washington, D.C. After five long years of lobbying on Capitol Hill, IPC’s members finally feel as though Congress understands how vitally important PCBs are to our national security. That understanding was shown by the appointment of an […]