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28 April 2016

IPC to Host Regulatory Compliance Update Workshop on RoHS, REACH and Conflict Minerals

Changes in existing and forthcoming regulations such as the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemical (REACH) and conflict minerals regulations will shape the regulatory and market landscape for years to come. Knowing what changes are on the horizon is critical for electronics manufacturers to work successfully with their supply chain.

IPC has designed an intensive half-day regulatory compliance workshop on RoHS, REACH and conflict minerals on 19 May in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Workshop instructor, Dr. Chris Robertson, head of regulatory compliance at engineering consultancy, Edif ERA will cover:

RoHS Directive

  • Deadlines  for new substances and products newly in scope
  • Status of the RoHS exemption review process for existing renewals and new applications
  • Progress towards amending scope and fixing the spare parts issues
  • Documentation requirements and progress towards an international standard

REACH regulation

  • Overview of requirements
  • Recently added Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) and their uses in electronics
  • European Court of Justice ruling: Understanding the revised requirements to provide SVHC information
  • Concerns regarding substance obsolescence and the 2018 registration deadline

Proposed conflict minerals regulation

  • EU policy options and status of discussions
  • Comparison with Dodd-Frank Section 1502 (SEC rule) requirements
  • Pressure to widen due diligence scope and implications for supply chain communications

 

The workshop will provide anyone who is responsible to keeping their organization in compliance with environmental regulations with the information and tools they need to comply with legal, regulatory and customer requirements. For additional information on “Regulatory Compliance Update: RoHS, REACH, Conflict Minerals, visit www.ipc.org/eu-gr-workshop.

Compunetics First to Earn Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC-6012/IPC-A-600

IPC’s Validation Services Program has awarded an IPC-6012/IPC-A-600 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) to Compunetics, a manufacturer of printed circuit boards based in Monroeville, Pa. Compunetics is the first to receive IPC’s Validation Services QML for these standards. Compunetics met or exceeded the testing requirements for board coupons and passed a three-day, on-site audit by Validation Services. Maintenance of the QML requires testing of board coupons every quarter and passing of periodic factory audits.

IPC-6012, Qualification and Performance Specification for Rigid Printed Boards, covers qualification and performance of rigid printed boards, including single-sided, double-sided, with or without plated-through holes, multilayer with or without blind/buried vias and metal core boards. It addresses final finish and surface plating coating requirements, conductors, holes/vias, frequency of acceptance testing and quality conformance as well as electrical, mechanical and environmental requirements. IPC-A-600, Acceptability of Printed Boards, an illustrated guide to printed circuit board acceptability, covers target, acceptable and nonconforming conditions that are either internally or externally observable on bare printed boards.

“Compunetics hoped that a validation audit by IPC to IPC-6012 and IPC-A-600 would allow us to claim with justification that our operations demonstrated expertise in rigid printed circuit board manufacturing. But even if we did not become validated immediately, we expected the IPC experts would identify areas where we were could improve and so provide guidance for our on-going quality efforts,” said Pier Benci, general manager of Compunetics. “As it turned out, we achieved validation on the first attempt. Our IPC validation certificate is displayed prominently at the entrance, and has been the object of interest and admiration by visitors. Plus, the IPC team showed us two areas where we have been able to make worthwhile operational enhancements.”

IPC’s Validation Services QML Program was developed to promote supply chain verification. It also provides auditing and certification of electronics companies’ products, and identifies processes which conform to IPC standards. Compunetics and other trusted sources of supply can be found on IPC’s QML database at www.ipcvalidation.org.

“We are excited about Compunetics being the manufacturer to receive IPC’s Validation Services QML for IPC-6012/IPC-A-600,” said Randy Cherry, IPC director of Validation Services. “We are pleased to recognize Compunetics as the newest member of trusted QML suppliers. Compunetics has differentiated itself from the competition by becoming part of IPC’s global network of trusted industry sources.”

For more information about IPC’s Validation Services QML Program, visit www.ipcvalidation.org or contact Randy Cherry at RandyCherry@ipc.org or +1 847-597-2806.

 

 

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