ECHA Updates SVHC Candidate List to 209 Substances

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added an additional four substances to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), bringing the total number of SVHCs to 209 as of June 25th, 2020. The four new substances are added based on their reprotoxic and endocrine disrupting characteristics.

  • 1-vinylimidazole (CAS # 1072-63-5) – Used in formulations and as a monomer in the production of polymers.
  • 2-methylimidazole (CAS # 693-98-1) – Used as a catalyst in the production of coating products.
  • Dibutylbis(pentane-2,4-dionato-O,O’)tin (CAS # 22673-19-4) – Used as a catalyst and as an additive in the production of plastics.
  • Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Butylparaben) (CAS # 94-26-8) – Used in cosmetics, personal care products, and pharmaceuticals.

The SVHC Candidate List is updated biannually with new substances being reviewed for addition on a continual basis. Suppliers of articles which contain an SVHC substance above a concentration of 0.1% w/w have a legal obligation to provide customers with enough information to allow safe usage of the article – at minimum, the name of the SVHC(s) present above the REACH threshold must be communicated.

Beginning January 2021, suppliers of articles within or into the European Union containing an SVHC above the 0.1% w/w threshold must provide information on their safe use to ECHA via the SCIP database.

TPP can help your company meet your REACH reporting goals using our compliance reporting services. You can find out more about SVHC candidate list updates, notification requirements, and ECHA’s SCIP database by reaching out to our sales team today via our Contact Us webform. Interested in our suite of online tools? Request a demonstration today.

Read ECHA’s official press release here for more information about the SVHC candidate list.

CMRT Version 6.0 Now Available

The latest version of the Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) was released May 13, 2020 and is now available for download from Responsible Minerals Initiative – RMI.

The CMRT is a free, standardized reporting template developed by the RMI which facilities the transfer of information through the supply chain regarding mineral country of origin and the smelters and refiners being utilized. The template also facilitates the identification of new smelters and refiners to potentially undergo an audit via the RMI’s Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP).

The major changes you will see in CMRT v. 6.0 include:

  • Corrections to all bugs and errors
    • Update to ISO country, state and province lists
  • Conformance to IPC-1755, which incorporated EU Conflict Minerals Regulation in the wordings of the following questions: Q 4 (newly added), Q H (formerly Q I), removal of former question C
  • Updates to the Smelter Reference List and Standard Smelter List

The next version of the CMRT is anticipated to be released in spring 2021.

CMRT v. 6.0 Template  Download CMRT

  • Click here for a downloadable version of the most up-to-date Smelter Reference List and here for the revision history.

CMRT v. 6.0 Resources:

  • Click here for a new downloadable guide on how to complete CMRT v. 6.0. CHIJPN also available.

For more information on how Total Parts Plus can assist you with meeting your conflict minerals needs and completing your due diligence, visit our website.     

Eleven New Substances Added to REACH Annex XIV

The European Commission has announced the addition of eleven new substances to Annex XIV of the REACH Authorization List. These substances have been determined to be toxic, persistent, and/or bioaccumulative.

  • 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear (CAS # 68515-50-4) – Toxic for reproduction (category 1B)
  • Dihexyl phthalate (CAS # 84-75-3) – Toxic for reproduction (category 1B)
  • 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-10-alkyl esters; 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, mixed decyl and hexyl and octyl diesters with ≥ 0,3 % of dihexyl phthalate (CAS # 68515-51-5; 68648-93-1) – Toxic for reproduction (category 1B)
  • Trixylyl phosphate (CAS # 25155-23-1) – Toxic for reproduction (category 1B)
  • Sodium perborate; perboric acid, sodium salt – Toxic for reproduction (category 1B)
  • Sodium peroxometaborate (CAS # 7632-04-4) – Toxic for reproduction (category 1B)
  • 5-sec-butyl-2-(2,4-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1- yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [1], 5-sec-butyl-2- (4,6-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl- 1,3-dioxane [2] [covering any of the individual stereoisomers of – vPvB
  • 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-ditertpentylphenol (UV-328) – (CAS # 25973-55-1) – PBT, vPvB
  • 2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2- yl)phenol (UV-327) – (CAS # 3864-99-1) – vPvB
  • 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6- (sec-butyl)phenol (UV-350) – (CAS # 36437-37-3) – vPvB
  • 2-benzotriazol-2-yl-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol (UV-320) – (CAS # 3846-71-7) – PBT, vPvB

Annex XIV of the REACH regulation (also called the REACH authorization list) contains substances which are subject to authorization. These substances are selected from the REACH SVHC candidate list and cannot be placed on the EU market after their sunset date unless the substance has been authorized for a specific use.

You can view the European Commission’s official publication regarding the additions here. TPP’s sales team is available to answer any questions your company may have regarding the REACH regulation. Visit our website to learn more about our suite of products that are available to suit your needs.

TPP Verified as an IPC-1752A Solution Provider

TPP is pleased to announce that we have again been verified as a solution provider of IPC-1752A Classes A, C, and D including the multi-layered structure in Class D.

The IPC-1752A standard is extensively used in the electronics industry for the transfer of compliance information throughout the supply chain for electrical and electronic products. This standard establishes a reporting format for data exchange between all supply chain participants and is XML-schema based. The standard is regularly updated and maintained by industry experts in order to meet changing requirements, legislation, and regulation.

In order to be verified, a solution provider must submit example XML files reporting IPC-1752A Class A, C, and/or D in either request/reply and/or distribute mode. Upon inspection by the review committee, the file may receive comment and be verified based on the following criteria:

  • File(s) must comply with IPC-1752A XML file format.
  • File(s) must use IPC-1752A lists of regulated substances and exemption correctly.

TPP provides a free IPC-1752 generator tool, as well as a paid version which includes additional features not available in the free tool.

Free IPC-1752A Generator

Have questions about the IPC-175x family of standards? Reach out to our sales team today to find out more about the suite of compliancy tools available at TPP.

Want to find out more about the solution provider review process? Visit the Materials Declaration Data Exchange Standards page for an explanation of each standard.

TPP to attend IPC Apex Expo 2020

TPP will again be attending this year’s IPC Apex Expo taking place February 1st through February 6th at the San Diego Convention Center. The expo, which is the largest event for electronics manufacturing in North America, is the industry’s leading technical conference.

 

TPP’s director of environmental engineering, Ms. Nikki Johnson, is a member of several committees working on the IPC-175x family of standards. This family establishes a standard reporting format for data exchange between supply chain participants. This series of standards is XML-schema based, which allows for more efficient and effective communication of data.

 

Ms. Johnson also chairs the E-31H “Responsible Sourcing of Minerals Data Exchange Standard” committee, which will be celebrating the approval of the 1755B standard that has been updated to include EU conflict minerals requirements.

 

You can find out more about the expo at the official IPC Apex Expo 2020 website.

 

Interested in learning more about the IPC-175x family of standards and how the decisions of the committee’s may affect your products? Reach out to our sales team by visiting the TPP website for more information.

ECHA Announces Four Additions to the SVHC Candidate List

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added an additional four substances to the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), bringing the total number of SVHCs to 205 as of January 16th, 2020.  The four new additions are based on their hazardous characteristics.

  • Diisohexyl phthalate (CAS # 71850-09-4) – Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 (c))

 

  • 2-benzyl-2-dimethylamino-4’-morpholinobutyrophenone (CAS # 119313-12-1) – Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 (c))

 

  • 2-methyl-1-(4-methylthiophenyl)-2-morpholinopropan-1-one (CAS # 71868-10-5) – Toxic for reproduction (Article 57 (c))

 

  • Perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS) and its salts – Probable serious effects to both the environment and human health

The SVHC Candidate List is updated biannually with new substances being reviewed for addition on a continual basis. Any supplier of an article containing an SVHC above the concentration of 0.1% weight by weight has a legal obligation to, at minimum, provide the name of the SVHC(s) present to customers.

Find out how TPP can help you keep track of the REACH requirements, including SVHC Candidate List updates, by visiting our website TPP – Total Parts Plus.

Read ECHA’s official press release here for more information about the SVHC Candidate List.

TPP to Exhibit at DMSMS 2019

Total Parts Plus is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the DMSMS symposium scheduled for December 2-5, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) event is an annual event that focuses on the identifying and mitigating supply issues resulting from obsolescence, loss of manufacturing sources, and material shortages that may result before the end of a product’s life cycle. The event is aimed at helping industries plan for sustainable systems in an accelerated acquisition environment.

TPP will be available to showcase our latest obsolescence and compliance management solutions. We help provide an all-inclusive solution for obsolescence tracking, compliance reporting, and data analysis.

Join TPP at Booth #241 and stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends, and learn new and exciting ways to sustain and grow your business. We hope to see you there!

You can find out more about obsolescence management by contacting one of our sales representatives today for a demonstration.

Visit the DMSMS event website for more information about the symposium.

China Restriction of Hazardous Substances Compliance Deadline 1 November 2019

China RoHS 2 became effective on 01 July 2019, but the deadline for companies to perform conformity assessments and upload evidence for the “China RoHS 2: Qualification Management Catalogue (First Batch)” is 01 November 2019.

The “First Batch” includes 12 product types:

  • Refrigerators
  • Air conditioners
  • Washing machines
  • Electric water heaters
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • Fax machines
  • TVs
  • Monitors
  • Micro-computers
  • Handheld phones for mobile communication
  • Telephone sets

Under China RoHS 2, companies must have performed compliance assessments by either a voluntary third-party certification or self-declaration method and upload sufficient evidence ahead of the November 1, 2019 deadline or within a specified time after being placed on the market in China.

The platform and usage guide went live on October 8, 2019 and are currently available in Chinese: http://chinarohs.miit.gov.cn/index

The legislation also introduces two new logos; one to indicate a third-party assessment has been completed (i.e., by an accredited test facility) and the second for self-declaration.

Third-Party Assessed:                                                  Self-Declaration:

Third-party organizations with product certifications should upload the relevant information within five working days of the product approval/certification. Companies that have chosen to self-declare must submit information, along with relevant supporting technical materials, to the platform within 30 days after their products are placed on the market.

Find out how TPP can help you meet your compliancy goals regarding China RoHS 2 and more at TPP – Total Parts Plus.

FAQ 1: What is China RoHS 2?

China RoHS 2 restricts the same 6 hazardous substances as EU RoHS 2 and affects electrical and electronic devices, components and accessories manufactured after July 1, 2019. Devices in scope have a rated working electrical voltage that does not exceed 1500V direct current and does not exceed 1000V alternating current and functions by use of, generates, transmits and measures current and electromagnetic fields.

Coverage includes products manufactured in or imported into China. However, it DOES NOT include products exported from China.

The EEP (Electrical and Electronic Equipment) categories in scope of China RoHS 2:

  • Communication equipment, fixed or mobile
  • Professional broadcast and TV equipment
  • Computer and office equipment
  • Household appliances
  • Electronic instruments for monitoring and control applications
  • Industrial electrical and electronic equipment, including monitoring and control equipment
  • Power tools
  • Medical electronics and devices
  • Lighting products, including electric light sources (lamps) and luminaires
  • Sports and entertainment products

See MIIT “Administrative Measures for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products” (commonly known as China RoHS 2) for full requirements.

 FAQ 2: What are the main differences between China RoHS 2 and EU RoHS?

  • Unlike EU RoHS, where disclosure to enforcement authorities is only required upon request – China’s new requirement is to disclose and declare conformity via a public service platform
  • Unlike EU RoHS, large-scale stationary industrial tools and fixed installations are NOT EXCLUDED
  • Unlike EU RoHS, ALL PRODUCTS must have a hazardous substance disclosure table that details each substance contained regardless of exemption or categories outside scope of China RoHS 2
  • Unlike EU RoHS which combined RoHS marking into the CE mark – China REQUIRES a separate hazardous substance label, appropriate EFUP (Environment-Friendly Use Period) marking and disclosure table shipped with the product
  • Unlike EU RoHS which restricts substances at the product level – China RoHS 2 restricts substances at the homogeneous material level (i.e., pieces/parts used within the product)

FAQ 3: What are the main differences between China RoHS 1 and 2?

  • Batteries were excluded in China RoHS 1, but NOT EXCLUDED in China RoHS 2.
    • If they are permanently attached to the device, they are covered by the products disclosure table and EFUP (Environment-Friendly Use Period) declaration
    • If they are replaceable, they REQUIRE their own EFUP declaration and disclosure table
  • Summary of labeling requirements:
    • MUST include the date of manufacture
    • MUST state that hazardous substances are present or not (i.e., none uses the green “E”)
    • MUST define the EFUP if substances are present (i.e., uses the orange “5” to “50”)

  • Hazardous Substances Disclosure Table:

See GB/T 26572 for detailed concentration limits for hazardous/restricted substances in EEP.
See
SJ/T 11364-2014 for detailed marking requirements, determining EFUP and recyclability.

Find out how TPP can help you meet your compliancy goals regarding China RoHS 2 and more at TPP – Total Parts Plus

SAVE THE DATE – RBA and RMI Annual Conference 2019

Total Parts Plus will be attending the 11th Annual Conference of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) held October 21 and 22 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in San Jose, California.

 

As RBA’s biggest event of the year, this conference will focus on corporate social responsibility in global supply chains with top speakers from industry, civil society, and government. During the program, conference participants will gain valuable insight on the progress to date of RMI’s collective efforts as well as how companies can make better decisions when it comes to mineral sourcing and corporate social responsibility.

 

Please stop by our booth to see how TPP can support your company with Conflict Minerals and Environmental Compliance.

 

For more information visit the RBA & RMI Conference website:

http://www.responsiblemineralsinitiative.org/events/

 

To register for the 2019 RBA and RMI Annual Conference:

https://rba.swoogo.com/rba_rmi_annual_conference_2019/register

 

The Responsible Minerals Initiative is an Initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and is a multi-industry initiative of over 380 member companies. Its members contribute to the development and international uptake of a range of tools and resources focused on minerals supply chain due diligence, including independent third-party assessment programs for smelters, Minerals Reporting Templates, supply chain risk assessment tools, Country of Origin data, and guidance documents on responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, and cobalt.

 

Final Report for assessment of two RoHS exemption requests (Pack 16) published

The final report on the study to assess two exemption requests in Annexes III and IV to the RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) have been prepared by Oeko-Institut e.V and peer reviewed by Fraunhofer Institute IZM and published on the European Commission’s CIRCABC website as well as on Oeko’s own website.

The report was prepared under the Framework Contract: “Assistance to the Commission on technical, socio-economic and cost-benefit assessments related to the implementation and further development of EU waste legislation” and outlines the outcome of the assessment of the renewal of exemption IV.42 and the request for a new exemption for lead and hexavalent chromium compounds in electric and electronic initiators of explosives for civil (professional) use.

The key outcomes include a recommendation for extension of exemption IV.42 to 30 June 2026, from the original expiry date of 30 June 2019. Regarding the requested new exemption for lead and hexavalent chromium in electric and electronic initiators of explosives for civil (professional) use, the authors recommend a narrower scope of the exemption to be valid for five years. The exemption is recommended to apply not to all lead and hexavalent chromium compounds but to lead diazide, lead styphnate, lead dipicramate, orange lead (lead tetroxide), lead dioxide in electric and electronic initiators of explosives and barium chromate in long time pyrotechnic delay charges, both for civil (professional) use.