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RoHS Under Review

RoHS Under Review: IPC Urges Commission to Aim for Science-based Regulations with Thorough Considera




The Government Relations and Environment, HealthandSafetyCommittees of IPC — AssociationConnectingElectronicsIndustries® have submitted comments tothe EuropeanCommissionreviewing the Restriction of HazardousSubstances (RoHS)Directive.

With the threat of an expansion in scope ofRoHSincludingadditional substance restrictions, the eliminationofexistingtechnology exemptions, and the inclusion ofmoreelectronicsequipment, IPC urged the Commission for no changesatthis time andthat any proposed changes be held until thetechnicalfeasibilityof their implementation can be reviewedthoroughly. “Whycompoundthe problem by expanding the scope of RoHS,when thereareunresolved adverse reliability interconnectissues andgreateradverse environmental, global warming andresourcedepletionimpacts with the lead-free alternatives?" askedLeeWilmot,director, Environmental, Health & Safety forTTMTechnologies,Inc., and chairman of the IPC Environment,Health& SafetyCommittee.

Dan Feinberg, president of Fein-Line Associates, andchairmanofthe IPC Government Relations Committee agrees, “Theindustryisstill dealing with the reliability effects of theleadfreeprovisions of RoHS. We’re urging the Commission to allowforacomplete understanding of the effects of what hasalreadybeenregulated, as well as new proposed regulations, beforetheyareenacted into law. We also encourage the members of ourindustrytorespond to the Commission’s invitation for comment andsendtheirown specific concerns.”

Throughout its comments, IPC advocated a fulllifecycleassessment — a comprehensive evaluation of the design,useandend-of-life impacts — of proposed substitutes beforeanychangestake effect, “There should be clear and compellingevidencethatpotential substitutes are available, are reliable overthelongterm and are preferable from a life-cycle perspective.”

From an administrative and reporting perspective,IPCalsoencouraged the Commission to consider that anyfurthersubstancerestrictions be regulated under the currentREACHDirective toavoid unnecessary confusion and, “topreventoverlapping andduplicative chemical regulations.”



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