Conflict Minerals: Electronic Firms Aren’t Slacking on Compliance

The global marketing and analytics company IHS Corp. recently issued a press release titled “Vast Majority of Electronic Companies Not Yet Ready for U.S. Conflict Minerals Law.” IHS surveyed large electronic original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and found 90 percent haven't yet produced the necessary data, declarations, or documentation needed to fulfill regulatory requirements. Only 11.3…

Conflict Minerals: Why No SEC Rule Yet?

Companies around the world are anxiously waiting for the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue its conflict minerals rule. It is the rule that will require companies to determine whether their products contain metals sourced from mines located in conflict areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries. The SEC…

Counterfeit Parts Alarm US Military

Counterfeit electronic parts are on the rise. The US military is particularly alarmed. The Senate Armed Services Committee met in November to discuss the risk counterfeit parts are posing to the reliability of US military defense systems. After the hearing, Senators Carl Levin and John McCain introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act…

Software Tools Required for Global Product Rules

Legislation limiting harmful substances in electronics is spreading worldwide, and manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors of electrical and electronic equipment are feeling the effects. We now have Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) laws in the European Union, Japan, China, Korea, and California. We have Proposition 65 legislation in California. We have formaldehyde limits on wood products.…

Any Chance for National E-Waste Legislation?

Discarded electronic waste (e-waste) contains hazardous substances. When improperly handled, e-waste poses a threat to both the handler and the environment. E-waste is often exported to developing countries where low-wage workers disassemble the equipment and scavenge usable components, contaminating themselves and the environment in the process. In an effort to stop this practice, 20 countries…