RoHS project, Pack 17 – Assessment of three exemption requests

A project assessing three exemption requests with regards to the RoHS directive’s Annex IV has been initiated by Oeko-Institut e.V. – Institute for Applied Ecology. The Annexes of the directive are to be adapted based on scientific and technical progress as outlined in Article 5 and the Environment Directorate-General of the European Commission has requested assistance in providing scientific and technical support for the evaluation of exemption requests with regards to RoHS2 from a consortium led by the Oeko-Institut.

Two of the three requests are for new exemptions of Bis-(ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) for use in certain medical equipment applications, called on by COCIR and GE Healthcare. The third request is for the renewal/amendment of the existing exemption 31a (Annex IV) and also addresses DEHP as well as Di-isobutyl phthalate (DIBP) and Benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and their use in spare parts for repair or refurbishment of medical devices, called for by COCIR.

The evaluation is to be performed in co-operation with the European Commission and stakeholders from the electrical and electronic industry, NGO’s and independent experts through a project specific website as well as mailing lists for which stakeholders can register as well as workshop or meetings as needed. A stakeholder consultation is expected to be launched in March and the project will end in August.

For more information visit Oeko-Institut’s RoHS Evaluations website.

Are you ready for the inclusion of phthalates to RoHS2?

As adopted 31 March 2015, the European Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2015/863 will take effect this year, amending annex II of Directive 2011/65/EU to include four phthalates.

From 22 July 2019 the four phthalates Bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP), Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) will be restricted under RoHS2 for all EEE with the exception of category 8 and 9 (medical devices and monitoring and control instruments, for which the restrictions will apply from 22 July 2021).

DEHP, BBP, DBP and DIBP will individually have a maximum tolerated concentration value of 0.1% by weight in homogeneous materials. Phthalates are mainly used as plasticizers and found as additives in plastics, adhesives, paints, rubbers and similar materials, making them flexible and stretchable, for example vinyl resins such as PVC often found in cable coatings.

To place electrical and electronic equipment containing any of the phthalates on the market after 22 July you must apply for an exemption with the European Commission or find an alternative substance. Does your products contain any of the four phthalates? Find out how TPP can assist you in staying current with changes to the RoHS directive here.

Cobalt- Updates Regarding Reporting and Restriction

At the end of 2018, the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) released version 1.1 of the Cobalt Reporting Template (CRT) following the findings of a working group formed in 2017 focusing on the responsible sourcing of cobalt. Reports made prominent concerns over child labor and unsafe working conditions in the cobalt mining industry. The CRT was developed for the voluntary collection of cobalt data through industry supply chains. 

Cobalt is used extensively in lithium-ion batteries in mobile phones, tablets, laptops and automobiles. The CRT is intended to facilitate exchange of data within the cobalt supply chain, making it more transparent with regards to the origin of the cobalt as well as smelters and refiners used.

The CRT differs from the today widely applied Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) in that the it addresses cobalt specifically whereas the CMRT addresses tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. The CMRT follows the IPC-1755 Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Standard for compliance with Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

The IPC-1755 standard is currently being updated to include reporting for Conflict Affected and High Risk Areas (CAHRAs) for the new EU Conflict Minerals Regulation coming into force January 1, 2021. The CRT will be discussed by the IPC 2-18H Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Task Group, co-chaired by Nikki Johnson of TPP, at IPC APEX next week to determine if it should be incorporated in the Conflict Minerals Data Exchange Standard, if a new standard should be written or if IPC will take no action until there is legislation which requires reporting of cobalt.

Meanwhile, ECHA calls for comments on its proposed restrictions on the manufacture and placing on the market of five cobalt salts in industrial and professional applications in a public consultation accepting early comments in March 2019. The proposal includes restriction on cobalt sulfate, cobalt dinitrate, cobalt dichloride, cobalt carbonate and cobalt di(acetate) as substances on their own or in mixtures in concentrations equal to or above 0.01% by weight.

In this ever-evolving climate of reporting and restrictions, TPP can help you stay informed and proactively manage compliance.

SAVE THE DATE – ITI & IPC Roadshow 2019

ITI & IPC Conference on Emerging & Critical Environmental Product Requirements

Dates have been announced for the yearly roadshow co-hosted by the IPC and ITI Associations. The roadshow consists of a series of lectures from leaders in the industry and addresses multiple topics concerning global environmental regulations and issues. TPP will again be sponsoring the event at each location. We welcome you to stop by our booth and see how TPP can help you meet your environmental compliance goals. Registration begins soon. Follow us on social media for updates on registration dates, topics of discussion, and specific locations.

June 3rd – Boston, Massachusetts

June 5th – Chicago, Illinois

June 7th – Silicon Valley, California

6 New Substances added to the Candidate List of SVHCs

Six additional substances have been included in the EU REACH regulation’s Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidate List, now totaling 197 SVHCs:

2,2-bis(4′-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane (CAS 6807-17-6)

Benzo[k]fluoranthene (CAS 207-08-9)

Fluoranthene (CAS 206-44-0; 93951-69-0)

Phenanthrene (CAS 85-01-8)

Pyrene (CAS 129-00-0; 1718-52-1)

1,7,7-trimethyl-3-(phenylmethylene)bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-one (CAS 15087-24-8)

The substances were added due to their endocrine-disrupting, carcinogenic, toxic to reproduction, very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) or persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) properties.

The announcement was made by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on January 15th 2019 and suppliers of articles containing any of the newly included substances above 0.1% (weight by weight) concentration have an obligation to communicate this information to consumers and recipients in their supply chain.

The Candidate List is typically updated every six months; therefore, monitoring of REACH SVHCs and product evaluation are imperative to companies in scope of the regulation. For more information on how TPP can help with your REACH requirements visit REACH Compliance or contact us at TPPSales@totalpartsplus.com.

Join Total Parts Plus at the 2018 DMSMS Event in Nashville, TN

Join Total Parts Plus at the 2018 DMSMS Event in Nashville, TN

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Total Parts Plus is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the DMSMS Event at Nashville’s Music City Center December 3 – 6, 2018.

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.

Total Parts Plus 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 357 and stay up-to- on the latest industry trends, and learn new and exciting ways to sustain and grow your business.

Event registration can be found at http://www.dmsmsmeeting.com/pages/attend.html.

10 New Substances added to the Candidate List of SVHCs

ECHA has added 10 additional substances to the Candidate List of substances of very high concern (SVHCs), bringing the total substances to 191.

With toxic properties ranging from Persistent, Bioaccumulating, and Toxic (PBT); very Persistent and very Bioaccumulating (vPvB); respiratory sensitizing; or reproduction and endocrine-disrupting, the below substances were added to the Candidate List for authorization on 27 June 2018:

  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4)
  • Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)
  • Dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (D6)
  • Lead
  • Disodium octaborate
  • Benzo[ghi]perylene
  • Terphenyl hydrogenated
  • Ethylenediamine (EDA)
  • Benzene-1,2,4-tricarboxylic acid 1,2 anhydride (trimellitic anhydride) (TMA)
  • Dicyclohexyl phthalate (DCHP)

To minimize serious effects on human health and/or the environment, substances added to the Candidate List could eventually be included in the Authorisation List. Once added to the Authorisation List, suppliers will need to apply for permission to continue using that substance after the Sunset Date.

Suppliers may have legal obligations to consumers and customers down the supply chain if an included substance; either on its own, in a mixture, or in articles, is contained in their products. Specific obligations apply to any supplier of articles with an included substance contained in a concentration above 0.1% (weight by weight). Producers and importers of articles have six months from the date of inclusion in the Candidate List (27 June 2018) to notify ECHA of any articles containing the substance(s). Information regarding obligations can be found on ECHA’s website.

TPP launches new IPC 1752A Generator

Total Parts Plus, Inc.

70 Ready Avenue, NW

Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548

Phone: (850) 244-7293

www.totalpartsplus.com

 

For Immediate Release

TPP launches new IPC 1752A Generator

 

Fort Walton Beach, FL – May 31, 2018 – Total Parts Plus (TPP), a leading data provider for environmental compliance reporting, announces the launch of the new IPC 1752A Generator.

 

The IPC 1752A Generator was designed to complement the latest updates from Amendment 3 of the IPC Materials Declaration Management Standard, which include further alignment with IEC 62474 and enhancements to better facilitate transferring data between systems.

 

The generator will allow creation of Class A, B, C, or D declarations in either XML or PDF format, and users will now be able to store declarations and input data from an existing xml documents.  Declarations can be created in either Request/Reply or Distribute mode, allowing users to respond to specific customer requests or create declarations for general distribution.  Class D homogeneous material declarations can be manually entered or imported through an excel template.

 

“The features built into the IPC 1752A Generator will ease the burden of material declaration reporting and give users the flexibility to satisfy customer requirements a number of ways, and in multiple formats,” states Keith Biggs, CEO of TPP, “resulting in time savings for declaration creators who can now save and edit their IPC material declarations, and import data directly into the form.”

 

About Total Parts Plus:

 

Total Parts Plus (TPP) specializes in parts data content for product environmental compliance and lifecycle management. TPP’s data collection and validation services along with our suite of cloud-based applications provide a comprehensive solution for data analysis and compliance reporting.

TPP is dedicated to providing clients with a highly accurate, innovative, and cost-effective compliance reporting service. With close relationships to manufacturers, industry groups, and suppliers, TPP offers full compliance traceability, continued data management, and monitoring of legislative changes for the most accurate reporting.

For more information, visit www.totalpartsplus.com.

 

Contact:

TPP Sales

tppsales@totalpartsplus.com

70 Ready Avenue, NW

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

850-244-7293

TPP to sponsor ITI & IPC Conference on Emerging & Critical Environmental Product in June 2018

May 2018

Keeping up with ever-expanding environmental regulations and issues can seem like a daunting task. That’s why Total Parts Plus is pleased to announce their joint sponsorship of the ITI & IPC Conference on Emerging & Critical Environmental Product Requirements.

 

Leading industry professionals will offer updates on trends and what to expect on such issues as the EU Circular Economy Strategy; EU RoHS Directive, with a focus on exemption requests; the REACH regulation, including enforcement and registration; China and Southeast Asia environmental restrictions, looking at RoHS; The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); and California Green Chemistry Initiative.

 

Total Parts Plus offers a suite of software tools and applications to provide a comprehensive solution for data analysis and compliance reporting. Join us to connect with leading industry speakers and to hear more about how our advanced data collection and validation services can help you stay ahead of the legal, regulatory, and customer requirements.

 

JUNE 4 • Boston, Massachusetts
JUNE 6 • Chicago Area, Illinois
JUNE 8 • Silicon Valley, California

 

If you are interested in attending one of the events, details can be found HERE.

EU REACH: Restricted Substances List Receives Three New Entries

 

ECHA has updated the REACH Annex XVII Restricted Substance list to include three new substances.  Updated on 8 May 2018, the list of restricted substances now contains 71 individual entries. Companies will be expected to gather information from their suppliers to determine if any of the substances are contained in their products and if they are within the threshold requirements.

Entry 69: Methanol 

With a goal of reducing incidences of methanol poisoning by children or as well as chronic alcoholics using methanol as a cheap substitute for alcohol; Methanol shall not be placed on the market to the general public after 9 May 2019 in consumer windshield washing or defrosting fluids, in concentration to or greater than 0.6% by weight.

 

Entry 70: Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) and Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5)

To reduce the amount of D4 and D5 that are washed off with water during normal use, D4 and D5 shall not be placed on the market in wash-off cosmetics in concentrations great than or equal to 0.1% by weight of either substance, after 31 January 2020.

D4 and D5 are of concern due to their release into freshwater and their subsequent persistence and build-up in sediments, followed by bioaccumulation through the food chain. D4 contains both Persistent, Bio-accumulative and Toxic (PBT), as well as very Persistent and very Bio-accumulative vPvB characteristics, while D5 is classified as vPvB. Each has a range of generally similar uses in cosmetic products.

 

Entry 71: 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP)

To reduce the risk to health workers exposed to NMP, this substance shall not be placed on the market in concentrations great than or equal to 0.3% after 9 May 2020 without relevant chemical safety reports and safety data sheets. Safety documentation must include the appropriate risk management measures and operational conditions necessary to ensure the exposure to health workers is below 14.4mg/m3 by inhalation and 4.8mg/kg/day for dermal exposure. NMP used as a solvent or reactant in the process of coating wires will not be restricted until 9 May 2024.

NMP is of concern due to its reproductive, eye, and skin toxicity.

 

Always get the latest information on REACH updates

For more information regarding any REACH updates visit our website at www.totalpartpslus.com

 

References: /echa.europa.eu/

 

*REACH – Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals

*ECHA – European Chemical Agency