One of the electronics industry’s problems with the so-called U.S. "Conflict Minerals Act" has been the lack of a comprehensive standard for disclosing the origin of certain minerals. An organization of electronics manufacturers, consultancies and compliance agencies have developed a comprehensive conflict minerals web database system, BOMcheck, in preparation for the reporting period beginning in 2015. The group will be holding a series of webinars on the database beginning March 6.
The SEC's conflict mineral rule requires U.S.-listed companies to disclose whether their products contain certain metals (tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold) and whether these metals originate from rebel-held mines which are funding armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) region. Most SEC reporting companies are preparing to file "DRC conflict undeterminable" disclosures on 31 May 2014 for the 2013 reporting period. The BOMcheck solution will assist companies in filing the "DRC conflict free" or "Not DRC conflict free” disclosures required by 2015. Join one of the free webinars on March 6 at 9.00am Central European Time or 11.00am US Eastern Time.
Extensive feedback on data management challenges with other web platforms has helped industry develop the first web database which:
- Provides one integrated tool for suppliers to upload their EICC GeSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Templates at the part level or company level at the same time as they publish materials declarations for RoHS, REACH and other regulated substances. No need to re-type data into another web tool.
- Validates the data in the supplier's EICC GeSI Conflict Minerals Reporting Template and provides immediate detailed feedback to help the supplier correct any data validation errors which are preventing upload. This saves time and cost for suppliers and manufacturers.
- Works in partnership with the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative to validate any new smelters which suppliers identify so that they can be added to the smelter list and invited to join the Conflict-Free Smelter Program
- Enables manufacturers to leverage the Conflict-Free Smelter Program and the upcoming EU Responsible Sourcing Regulations to work towards "DRC conflict free" status by 2015.
Companies can find out more by downloading the free industry White Paper at https://www.bomcheck.net/assets/docs/ .
BOMcheck is an industry collaboration led by Philips, Siemens, GE, Osram, Sony Mobile, Schneider Electric, Toshiba, Agfa, Texas Instruments and TE Connectivity to share one web database to manage supply chain compliance. BOMcheck is managed by leading international consultancy ENVIRON which also co-chairs the IPC 1752A materials declaration standard.