Tag Archives: REACH

REACH Substance in Articles Guidance Revision Published

On June 28, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a comprehensive update to its Guidance on requirements for substances in articles. The guidance is intended to provide clarity on the communication and notification obligations of companies when substances of very high concern (SVHCs) are contained in articles. The updated guidance includes new examples in […]

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IPC Concerned about ECHA’s Draft Guidance on Substances in Articles

On September 22, 2016, IPC submitted comments to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) highlighting our concerns with the draft guidance on requirements for substances in articles, version 4.0. In the comments, IPC highlights concerns that guidance is confusing and lengthy and suggests specific changes. On July 27, 2016 ECHA published draft guidance on the application […]

Product Compliance Requires Supply Chain Transparency

By Tord Dennis, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Changes to the RoHS, REACH, and conflict minerals regulations make the need for supply chain transparency more crucial than ever. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2015 that the 0.1% threshold for notifying SVHCs ( Substances of Very High Concern) in articles applies to “each of […]

European Spotlight: Trends, Innovations, and Growth

IPC President and CEO John Mitchell discusses the growth of the electronics industry within Europe and how IPC supports IPC members through standards, education and advocacy efforts.    

EU Court of Justice Rules on REACH Articles Definition

On September 10, the EU Court of Justice released a ruling on a case about the calculation of levels of substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in articles under the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.  The ruling says that producers must calculate the levels of SVHCs in their products at the level of […]

Has Greenpeace Gone Too Far?

IPC President Denny McGuirk’s February 1 column from the IPC Intouch Newsletter: It seemed like a good idea at the time: Use publicity to nudge electronics companies toward better environmental performance. Identify the best or “greenest” companies, with the idea that consumers will reward these companies with their support. With their “dashboard,” Greenpeace took the […]

Now Available: Environmental Conference Proceedings

Now available: proceedings from the It’s Not Easy Being Green: Complying with Changing Global Environmental Laws conference includes an update on EU revision of the RoHS Directive, REACH, China RoHS, halogen free and green chemistry, along with tools for evaluating and meeting your requirements, including the IPC materials declaration standard and the iNEMI eco-impact evaluator. […]

What’s the cost of removing rosin?

I’ve been writing about electronic technologies for way longer than I’d like to count, but it’s still an exciting field that always brings something new. I got a real reminder of this during the recent IPC Midwest conference. I was all set to hear about some technical advances, learning in depth about the technologies that […]