FREE Eptech Seminar! - Environmental Requirements Demystified - GRATUIT!


CE, CMRT, EcoDesign, ELV, EN 50581, IEC 63000, IPC 1752, ISO 14001, Level VI, Prop. 65, POP, REACH, RoHS, WEEE… 

 

What is hiding behind this constellation of acronyms and abbreviations?  Which requirements apply to my products?  How to prioritize actions?  This seminar will summarize these requirements and offer you guidance towards compliance and access to markets worldwide.

  

Markham March 1st  10:00–11:00 at Le Parc 6 – 8432 Leslie St., Thornhill, L3T 7M6

 

Montreal March 23rd 12:00–13:00 at 911 Innovation, 7140 Albert Einstein, H4S 2C1  ***Free Lunch***

 

Montreal April 24th 10:00–11:00 at Merlot Room, Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire – 6700 Route Transcanadienne, H9R 1C2

 

Vancouver June 5th 11:30–12:30 at Main Foyer, Hard Rock Casino – 2080 United Blvd, Coquitlam, V3V 6W3

  

Waterloo October 4th 13:00–14:00 at Ballroom E, Bingemans Conference Centre, 425 Bingemans Centre Drive, Kitchener, N2B 3X7

 

Enviropass will also exhibit at Eptech Ottawa: April 26th, at Brookstreet Hotel, 525 Legget Drive, Ottawa, K2K 2W2

 

Free entrance

  

Contact registration e-mail: ahathout@enviropass.ca

 

Les exigences environnementales démystifiées

 

CE, CMRT, EcoDesign, ELV, EN 50581, IEC 63000, IPC 1752, ISO 14001, niveau VI, Prop. 65, POP, REACH, RoHS, DEEE…

 

Que se cache-t-il derrière cette constellation d’acronymes et d’abréviations? Quelles exigences s’appliquent-elles à mes produits? Comment prioriser les actions? Le séminaire résumera ces exigences et vous montrera le chemin vers la conformité et l’accès au marché mondial.

  

Pour vous inscrire: ahathout@enviropass.ca


05. April 2018

Conférence: La vérification environnementale d’équipements électriques et électroniques

 

Enjeux et préconisations dans une industrie en pleine mutation

Internet des objets, intelligence artificielle, nanotechnologies, drones… l’électronique a déjà envahi notre vie quotidienne et elle ne semble pas prête à s’arrêter dans sa conquête. Nous sommes de ce fait de plus en plus exposés à de multiples substances chimiques utilisées dans nos équipements. Bon nombre d’entre elles présentent des dangers environnementaux et de santé publique. Substances cancérigènes, bioaccumulatives, neurotoxiques, reprotoxiques ou encore perturbateurs hormonaux en sont quelques exemples.

 

Conscients des risques encourus, de plus en plus de pays, comme le Canada, tentent d’imposer un cadre réglementaire aux industriels, et ce du berceau au tombeau des équipements. Or ces appareils sont toujours plus complexes et miniaturisés et les secrets industriels strictement protégés. Les défis sont donc colossaux pour le législateur, mais aussi pour les manufacturiers à tous les échelons et les recycleurs qui tentent de se conformer. Pour faire face à ces nouvelles contraintes, des normes sont adoptées et des nouveaux métiers sont créés telle que celui de vérificateur environnemental d’équipements électroniques.

 

Cette présentation vous donnera un aperçu des réglementations pionnières dans ce domaine et quelle nouvelle approche est préconisée pour une vérification environnementale à la fois rigoureuse et applicable dans un contexte d’innovation constante.

 

La durée prévue de la conférence : 45 minutes, plus période de questions

 

Le 5 avril 2018 à 10h15 au Centre Mont-Royal à Montréal

 

Détails et inscription: http://www.aqve.com/fr/actualite/colloque-2018-de-laqve


06. February 2018

Turmoil of product environmental compliance coming for 2018-19

Enviropass has published an article on the EP&T's magazine called: Turmoil of product environmental compliance coming for 2018-19


07. July 2017       

REACH 174

 

1 new REACH substance is proposed for the SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) list:

 

Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts (PFHxS, CAS # 355-46-4) which is added because it is very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB).  This substance is found as an impurity or a replacement of PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) and used in electronic parts (semiconductors), metal plating, medical equipment, textile, fire fighting foam, paint...

 

BPA (CAS # 80-05-7) is aleady part on the SVHC list but the addition of its endocrine disrupting properties is also proposed.

Therefore, the new SVHC list now includes 174 substances.

Do you want to know more about this topic ? Please email us your request and we will send you free updates.

02. September 2017

EcoDesign

 

In a nutshell, EcoDesign is a solution to measure the environmental impacts of a new product.  It enables to monitor and to reduce energy and resources consumption of this product.  In addition, EcoDesign allows you to meet the ISO 14001-2015 Product Life Cycle (PLC) requirements of your environmental management system. 

The EcoScans, or Eco-Design assessment, are part of the PLC exercise.  Several methods of EcoScans are available, such as the ReCiPe method.  In order to perform the Eco-Scans, it is necessary to have the following information of your new design:

  • Parts weights;
  • Materials specifications.        

More details on EcoDesign in the European Union is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/sustainability/ecodesign_fr

Any other questions on Eco-Design ?  You are welcome to ask Enviropass.


Essentiellement, l’éco-conception est une solution pour mesurer les impacts environnementaux d'un nouveau produit. Elle rend possible la surveillance et la réduction des consommation d'énergie et de ressources pour ce produit. En outre, l’écoconception vous permet de satisfaire aux exigences d’analyse de cycle de vie (ACV) du produit selon ISO 14001-2015 de votre système de management environnemental.

 

L'EcoScan, ou évaluation de l’éco-concpetion, fait partie de l'exercice d’ACV. Plusieurs méthodes d'EcoScan sont disponibles, telle que la méthode ReCiPe. Afin d'effectuer les éco-Scans, il est nécessaire d'avoir les informations suivantes concernant votre nouvelle conception:

  • Poids des pièces;        
  • Spécifications des matériaux.

Plus d'informations sur l’éco-conception dans l'Union européenne sont disponibles ici: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/sustainability/ecodesign_fr

 

D’autres questions sur l’éco-conception? Vous pouvez demander à Enviropass.


15. May 2017       

Conflict Minerals EICC CMRT 5.0 template

 

The CFSI (Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative), an initiative of EICC and GeSi, released a new version of the CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template).

 

This latest CMRT version 5.0 was released in November 30st of this year.

 

Slight changes compared to the previsous version have been noted:

 

1. Updates to the questionnaire

2. Bugs corrections

3. Smelters list improvement

 

The next updated version is expected in November 2017.

 

Le CFSI (Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative), une initiative de l'EICC et du GeSi, a publié une nouvelle version du formulaire CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template).

 

Cette dernière version du formulaire CMRT No. 5.0 était publiée le 30 novembre de cette année.

 

Des légers changements à la version précédente ont été noté:

 

1. La mise à jour du questionnaire

2. Des corrections de bogues

3. Une amélioration de la liste des fonderies

 

La prochaine version à jour est attendue en novembre 2017.


15. April 2017       

BC WEEE Requirements for Professional Equipment

 

In the Canadian province of British Columbia, the Recycling Regulation 449/2004 manages the waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).  Manufacturers or importers are responsible for the future e-waste management of most EEE they place into the BC market.  This obligation applies to many consumer but also professional products.

 

The EPRA (Electronic Products Recycling Association) is in charge of implementing the WEEE rules.  More details on the provincial program product definitions and fees are available from the EPRA's website.

 

Les exigences DEEE des équipements professionnels en Colombie-Britannique

 

Dans la province canadienne de Colombie-Britannique, la réglementation du recyclage 449/2004 gère les déchets d'équipements électriques et électroniques (DEEE). Les manufacturiers et imporateurs sont responsables de la gestion future de déchets électroniques pour la plupart des EEE qu'il placent sur le marché brito-colombien. Cette obligation s'applique à de nombreuse produits domestiques mais aussi professionnels.

 

L'ARPE (Association pour le recyclage des produits électroniques) est chargée de l'implantation de ces règles DEEE. Plus de détails sur les définitions de produits et frais afférents selon chaque programme provincial sont disponibles sur le site de l'ARPE.

 


16. March 2017       

EU: Conflict Minerals Regulation - UE : Réglementation des minerais du conflit

 

5 months after agreeing on the EU Conflict Minerals rules, the European Parliament and the Council finalized the law on November 22nd, 2016.

 

The main target of this regulation is to ensure sustainable imports of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TGs) into the European Union, by January 1st, 2021 - i.e. banning both human rights abuses and armed conflict financing.

 

On March 16, 2017, the European Union Parliament voted to adopt the text which should be published within the coming weeks.

 

A similar conflict minerals regulation is already in force in the United States.

 


12. January 2017       

REACH 173

 

6 new REACH substances were proposed for the SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) list and 4 of them are added to this list this January 2017 (please see table).

  

Therefore, the new SVHC list now includes 173 substances (downloadable from Enviropass.ca).
Substance Name CAS # Where Used ?
4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A) 80-05-7

- In the manufacture of polycarbonate plastic products and in epoxy resins (residues below 0.01%).

- In a variety of PVC goods, CDs and DVDs etc.

- In dye of thermal paper

4-Heptylphenol, branched and linear (4-HPbl) [substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 7 covalently bound predominantly in position 4 to phenol, covering also UVCB- and well-defined substances which include any of the individual isomers or a combination thereof] - - In lubricant additives  in vehicles or machinery
4-tert-pentylphenol (PTAP) 80-46-6 - In paints and varnishes and as printing ink resins
Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (perfluorinated chemical PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts 3108-42-7, 335-76-2 and 3830-45-3

- As lubricant, wetting agent, plasticizer and corrosion inhibitor.

- In PVDF (Polyvinylidene fluoride) plastic up to 1% w/w of the plastic (PFVD  can be found as an insulator for premium wire, in the chemical, semiconductor, medical and defense industries, as well as in lithium-ion batteries)

6 nouvelles substances REACH avaient été proposées pour l'inclusion à la liste des substances extrêmement préoccupantes et 4 d'entre elles sont ajoutées à cette liste en janvier 2017 (voir tableau).

 

Par conséquent, la nouvelle liste de substances extrêmement préoccupantes  inclut désormais 173 substances (téléchargeable depuis Enviropass.ca).

 


30. November 2016

 

 

 

Conflict Minerals EICC CMRT 4.20 Template

The CFSI (Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative), an initiative of EICC and GeSi, released a new version of the CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template).

 

This latest CMRT version 4.20 was released in November 30st of this year.

 

Slight changes compared to the previsous version have been noted:

 

1. Updates to Smelters Lists

2. Bugs, definitions, and translation corrections

 

The next updated version is expected in April 2017.

Le CFSI (Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative), une initiative de l'EICC et du GeSi, a publié une nouvelle version du formulaire CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template).

 

Cette dernière version du formulaire CMRT No. 4.20 était publiée le 30 novembre de cette année.

 

Des légers changements à la version précédente ont été noté:

 

1. La mise à jour des listes de fonderies

2. Des corrections de bogues, de définitions et de traductions

 

La prochaine version à jour est attendue en avril 2017.


05. September 2016

Environmental Compliance: The new TSCA

 

This month of September, Ep&t, Canada's Leading Electronics Website and Magazine, published an article from Aury Hathout, Enviropass called: Environmental compliance: The new TSCA.


11. July 2016

EU RoHS Exemption 43

 

The exemption 43, for monitoring and control instruments, is added to the list of possible exemptions under EU RoHS .

Exemption 43 applies to cadmium anodes in Hersch cells for oxygen sensors used in industrial monitoring and control instruments, where sensitivity below 10 ppm is required. It will expire on 15 July 2023.

L'exemption 43, pour les instruments de contrôle et de surveillance, est ajoutée à la liste des exemptions possibles de RoHS Europe.


20. June 2016

REACH 169

 

Today, 1 new REACH substances was added to the SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern) candidate list :

Benzo[def]chrysene (CAS number: 50-32-8) which is not expected in Electrical and Electronic Equipment above 0.1 % w/w of articles. Traces of Benzo[def]chrysene may be found in rubber, plastics or black pigments (such as Carbon Black). 

 Therefore, the new SVHCs list now includes 169 substances.

A été ajouté aujourd'hui à la liste de SVHC (substances extrêmement préoccupantes) 1 nouvelle substance REACH :

Le benzo[def]chrysène ou Benzo[a]pyrène (numéro de CAS: 50-32-8) qui n'est pas attendu dans les équipements électriques et électroniques au-dessus de 0,1 % en poids pour les articles. Des traces de benzo[def]chrysène peuvent être trouvées dans le caoutchouc, des plastiques ou des pigments noirs (tels que le noir de carbone). 

 

La nouvelle liste des SVHC inclut donc maintenant 169 substances.


19. April 2016

FREE Seminar: Hazardous Substances in Electronics - Conférence GRATUITE: Les Substances dangereuses en électronique

 

Hazardous substances are present in most of the manufactured electrical and electronics equipment. What are these substances? Where are they likely to be found? What are the manufacturer’s responsibilities towards them? This seminar will present the most recent changes in regulatory requirements such as RoHS, REACH etc.

 

April 19th, 2016 - 11:30 - 12:30 - Merlot Room, Holiday Inn & suite Pointe-Claire - 6700, Route Transcanadienne, H9R 1C2

 

Free entrance - Q & A period in French and English

  

Contact registration e-mail: ahathout@enviropass.ca

 

Details: http://www.ept.ca/eptech-seminars/


26. March 2016

IEC QC 080000

 

IEQC QC 08000 is a system for the management of hazardous substances related to the RoHS and WEEE directives. Benefits are:

 

- Showing due dilligence

- Minimizing or eleminating the use of hazardous substances.

 

QC 080000 is based on ISO 9000 quality management system. Enviropass can help you in the implementation of such a system.


16. March 2016

Ep&t - Hunting for energy within electronic designs

 

This month of March, Ep&t, Canada's Leading Electronics Website and Magazine, published an article from Aury Hathout, Enviropass called: Hunting for Energy Efficiency within Electronic Designs (p. 16)


01. March 2016

POP: Persistant Organic Polluants - Pollants Organiques Persistants

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Regulation 2016/293 amending Regulation No 850 of the European Union on persistant organic polluants was released on March 1st, 2016. Therefore, Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) (CAS # 87-68-3) was added to the list of prohibited substances in annex I of regulation 850/2004. HBCDD is used as a solvent.

 


26. January 2016

EU RoHS Exemptions Expiration - Expiration d'exemptions RoHS

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The coming expiration of European RoHS exemptions is on July 21st of this year. Therefore, if some of the components used in your products assemblies benefit from any of these expiring exemptions, monitoring and replacing these components are necessary.

 


26. January 2016

EU RoHS Exemptions Expiration - Expiration d'exemptions RoHS

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The coming expiration of European RoHS exemptions is on July 21st of this year. Therefore, if some of the components used in your products assemblies benefit from any of these expiring exemptions, monitoring and replacing these components are necessary.

 


21. January 2016

Invitation à la conférence d'Enviropass à l'ÉTS - Invitation to the Enviropass' Conference at the ÉTS

 

Enviropass vous invite à une conférence portant sur:

 

L'efficacité énergétique et les exigences environnementales en électronique

- Survol des enjeux énergétiques associés aux équipements électroniques

- Présentation globale de la réglementation environnementale encadrant les équipements électroniques dans le monde

 

Le mercredi 20 janvier 2016 de 12h15 à 13h15

 

l'École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS)

Pavillon principal (A). Local A1150.

1100, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, H3C 1K3

(Intersection rue Peel et Notre-Dame Ouest)

 

Gratuit - Tout le monde est bienvenu!


17. December 2015

REACH 168

Today, 5 new REACH substances were added to the SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern) list :

  • 1,3-propanesultone (CAS # 1120-71-4) used in electrolyte fluid of lithium ion batteries (solvent).

  • 2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol, or UV-327 (CAS # 3864-99-1) used as an UV-protection agent in coatings, plastics, polyurethane or rubber.
  • 2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol, or UV-350 (CAS # 36437-37-3) also used as an UV-protection agents in coatings, plastics, polyurethane or rubber.
  • Perfluorononan-1-oic acid (PNFA) and its sodium and ammonium salts (group entry) (CAS # 375-95-1, 21049-39-8 and 4149-60-4) that can be found in PolyVinyliDene Fluoride (PVDF) plastic, lubricating oil, cleaning agents and in liquid crystal display panels.
  • Nitrobenzene (CAS # 98-95-3) which should not be found in electrical and electronic equipment

 Therefore, the new SVHCs list now includes 168 substances.


05. December 2015

 

Conflict Minerals EICC CMRT 4.01b template

 

The CFSI (Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative), an initiative of EICC and GeSi, released a new version of the CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template).

 

This CMRT version # 4.01b replaces the 4.01 one. It includes the slight changes in the smelters list.

 

It is recommended that the industry uses the CMRT 4.01b for the 2015 period conflict minerals reporting.

 


21. September 2015

 

Ep&t - A change in seasons for environmental compliance

 

This Month of September, Ep&t, Canada's Leading Electronics Website and Magazine, published an article from Aury Hathout, Enviropass called: A change in seasons for environmental compliance


19. August 2015

Conflict Free Statement - Déclaration 'Conflict free'

The US Court of Appeals has rejected the SEC's (Securities Exchange Commission) obligation for public companies to declare whether they are 'conflict free' or not, claiming its unconstitutionality.

However, compagnies under the scope of the Dodd Frank act will still have to track & determine the origin of 3TGs (Tin, Tungsten, Tantalum & Gold) they use.

The SEC is currently reviewing the decision from the US Court of Appeals and may also wish to appeal on this decision.


La Cours d'Appel américaine a rejeté l'obligation des entreprises publiques de déclarer au SEC (Securities Exchange Commission) si elle sont 'conflict free' ou non, déclarant son anticonstitutionalité.

Toutefois, les compagnies visées par la loi Dodd Frank devront retracer et déterminer l'origine des 3TGs (Étain, Tungstène, Tantale et Or) qu'ils utilisent.

Le SEC est en cours de révision de la décision de la Cours d'Appel américaine et pourrait à son tour faire appel de cette décision.


05. August 2015 

Blue Guide Version 1.1

 

On July 15th, 2015 the version 1.1 of the 'Blue Guide' on the implementation of EU product rules was released.  This new edition includes slight modifications from the previous version (of April 2nd, 2014).

The Blue Guide gives guidance on the European Union product rules, especially the CE marking and EU RoHS requirements. 


16. July 2015       

Independent audit on conflit minerals - Audit indépendant sur les minerais du conflit

 

The first two-year grace period is now over and companies that use conflict minerals will have to resort to an independent auditor (i.e the IPSA - Independent Private Sector Audit), under certain conditions

This private audit assesses whether the framework surrounding the manufacturer's Reasonable Country of Origin Inquiry (RCOI) of conflict minerals is consistent to national and international standards. Future guidance from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected.


16. July 2015       

K-REACH 510

 

Similar to the EU REACH, the South Korean REACH (K-Reach) now includes a list of chemicals, called the (Priority Existing Chemicals) PEC list.  The PEC list contains 510 substances thus far.  Manufacturers & importers of these substances must register under certain conditions.


09. July 2015

PSU Level VI - BAE Niveau VI

 

The Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for External Power Supplies; Final Rule was issued by the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office (EERE) on February 10th, 2014.

 

This final rule establishes new energy conservation standards to many external power supplies (EPS).  The requirements will be applied starting February 10th, 2016, for any EPS placed into the US market.

 

Manufacturers will also have to mark their compliant external PSUs with the Roman numeral VI label, according to the International Efficiency Marking Protocol for External Power Supplies, Version 3.0.


30. June 2015       

H.R. 2576, TSCA Modernization Act of 2015

  

The United States Congress voted last June 23rd the H.R. 2576, in order to modify the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The TSCA was enacted in 1976 to manage hazardous chemicals in commerce. The objective of the TSCA Modernization Act is to strengthen the role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in evaluating and regulating potentially hazardous chemicals.

 

Will the TSCA implement similar mechanisms as in the European REACH ? We should know more soon. 


15. June 2015       

The Conflict Minerals Latest Template - Les minerais du conflit : le dernier formulaire

 

Last Friday, the CFSI (Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative), an initiative of EICC and GeSi, released a new version of the CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template).

 

This CMRT version # 4.01 replaces the 4.0 one. It includes the updated smelters list as well as slight changes in the questionnaire.

 

It is recommended that the industry uses the CMRT 4.01 for the 2015 period conflict minerals reporting


15. June 2015

REACH 163

 

2 new REACH substances were added today to the SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) REACH list:

  • 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-10-alkyl esters; 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, mixed decyl and hexyl and octyl diesters with = 0.3% of dihexyl phthalate (CAS # 68515-51-5 and 68648-93-1) for beeing toxic for reproduction. Indeed, they may damage both the fertility and the unborn child. Like other phthalates, this substance is used as a plasticiser and a lubricant. It may be found in adhesives, inks, coatings, cables, polymer foils and PVC compounds. It is especially present in computers, electronic and electrical equipment, optical products, machinery and transport equipment.

     

  • 5-sec-butyl-2-(2,4-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [1], 5-sec-butyl-2-(4,6-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [2] [covering any of the individual isomers of [1] and [2] or any combination thereof] which cover various CAS numbers (117933-89-8, 343934-04-3, 343934-05-4, 676367-02-5, 676367-03-6, 676367-04-7, 676367-05-8, 676367-06-9, 676367-07-0, 676367-08-1, 676367-09-2, 186309-28-4 etc.) and are considered as very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances. The substance CAS # 117933-89-8, also know under the trade name Karanal, is used as a fragrance agent in soap and detergent.

A new updated version of the SVHC list is expected in December of this year.


02. June 2015

US FAR: Human Trafficking Ban - Bannir le trafic humain

 

The US Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) has recently enacted requirements for Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in Federal Contracts (Ref. 80 FR 4967).

For any portion of contracts of services or goods without components of the shelves (COTS) that exceed $500 000 USD and which are supplied from outside the USA to a Federal Department (such as the Defense or the NASA), the contractor must:

  • Maintain a compliance plan with at minimum:

    • An awareness program about the governmental policy against human trafficking. Examples of awareness programs are available on www.state.gov/j/tip/

    • A process for employees to report human trafficking

    • A recruitment and wage plan

    • A house plan

    • Procedure for agents & subcontractors

       

  • Post the compliance plan at the workplace and on the contractor’s website and provide it upon request

  • Prepare a certification regarding the trafficking in persons compliance plan with:

    • A statement that the compliance plan has been implemented

    • Confirmation that due diligence is conducted and no trafficking in persons is engaged or remedial and referral actions have been taken when abuses have been found.

This FAR ending trafficking in persons is, along with the Californian law SB 657, an active way to fight against human trafficking worldwide.


26. May 2015

EU: Towards a conflict minerals certification -       UE : Vers une certification des minerais du conflit

 

On May 26th 2015, a proposal was passed by  the European Parliament that required mandatory conflict minerals certification.

The electronic industry and specifically components containing gold, tantalum, tin or tungsten are the primary targets.

The purpose is to certify imports and validate the absence of financial support to groups perpetrating violence in Africa.

The battle was played out between euro-Members of Parliament who want a compulsory system and those who wish a voluntary certification. The European Parliament finally voted on May 26th 2015 to require a mandatory conflict minerals certification.

A similar conflict minerals regulation is already in force in the United States.


07. May 2015

Conflict Minerals 2016 - version 4.0 - Minerais du conflit 2016

 

The CFSI Standard Smelter List and the CMRT (Conflict Minerals Reporting Template) EICC version 4.0 have recently been released. The 4.0 version should be used for the 2015 period of declaration. The deadline of the conflict minerals reporting to the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) is May 31st, 2016.


29. April 2015

Conflict Minerals: Recommendations from NGOs - Minerais du conflit : recommandations d’ONG

 

As the conflict minerals reporting obligations to the US SEC (Security Exchange Commission) are due very soon, NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) give recommendations for better risk management and impact. In this regards, Amnesty International and Global Witness have recently published Digging  for Transparency and the RSN (Responsible Sourcing Network) provided on April 2015 an Indicator Shortlist for measuring performance in conflict minerals reporting.


14. April 2015

FREE ! INVITATION GRATUITE ! The Enviropass Eptech Seminar - Le Séminaire Eptech d'Enviropass

 

Enviropass cordially invites you to the following free seminar:

 

 

We also look forward to seeing you at our booth, from 10am to 5pm!


26. March 2015

Conflict Free Smelter ? - Fonderies ‘Sans Conflit’ ?

 

To date, 157 on 296, i.e. 53 % of the 3 TG’s (tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold) smelters identified by the CFSI are considered as ‘Conflict Free’. For example, only 24 % of tungsten smelters but more than 90 % of tantalum smelters are validated as ‘Conflict Free’. Identification of smelters and audits of their processes are still being performed.

A very comprehensive listing of all known conflict minerals processing facilities worldwide has also been published by the US Department of Commerce, according to the reporting requirements under Section 1502(d)(3)(C) of the Dodd Franck Act.

 

For your own conflict minerals statement of the 2014 period, it is recommended to use the last EICC template available, version 3.02.

11. March 2015

ISO 14001:2015

The 2015 edition of the ISO 14001 standard should be published very soon.  It will replace the 2014 version.

 

  • Due to a 3 years transition period, all ISO 14001:2004 certificates will expire after September 2018

  • As of March 2017, any new request of certificate will rely on ISO 14001:2015

To address these various challenging requirements, the first steps for the coming season will be to determine which ones apply to your business and start a due diligence compliance plan.

 

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10. March 2015

Conflict Minerals : 5 Practical Steps - Minerais du conflict : 5 étapes pratiques

 

Last month, the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative published a white paper called ''Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure'' version 2. Presented steps are:

 

1. Build a Company Conflict Minerals Program Framework

 

2. Explore Risks in the Supply Chain

 

3. Develop a Risk Management Plan

 

4. Audit Smelters or Refiners

 

5. Report Findings

 

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02. March 2015

RoHS : Updated Exemptions - Mise à jour d'exemptions

 

The European Commission has recently updated the EU RoHS-2 (recast) exemptions list as follow :

  • Exemption 39 on cadmium is replaced by exemptions 39a and 39b
  • Exemptions 41 on lead and 42 on mercury are added

26. February 2015

WEEE: B2B or B2C ? - DEEE: B2B ou B2C ?

 

On February 23, 2015 the UK Environmental Agency and the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) published a Waste Classification Guide for electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), called: How to assess and report B2C and B2B electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) products.

 

The EA Guidance will affect manufacturers while reporting data to Compliance Schemes by 2016.  Indeed, it shows how to decide whether a product is classified as B2C (Business to Consumer) or B2B (Business to Business) depending on its normal usage. And you will have to choose the appropriate category, either one or the other.


25. February 2015

The European Union and Conflict Minerals – L’Union Européenne et les minerais du conflit

 

The European Parliament is preparing a bill which, just like the US Dodd-Frank Act, tends to make companies responsible for their supply chain of certain minerals coming from zones of conflict and feeding terrorism.

Details of this law should be specified in the coming weeks.


24. February 2015

REACH : Declaring at the Component Level - Déclarer au niveau des composantes

 

Following the opinion of the Advocate-General to the Court of Justice, the European Union may force manufacturers to declare the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) above 0.1 % by weight that are contained in each component of an article.

For instance, if one component of an electronic assembly contains more than 0.1 % by weight of a specific SVHC, then this substance would have to be communicated to the final user of the assembly… and this, even if the substance constitutes much less than 0.1 % by weight of the whole assembly.


30. January 2015

Rapex : the list of delinquents products - la liste des produits contrevenants

Rapex is the European RAPid EXchange system for sharing information on products that do not comply with environmental, health or safety regulations.  Listed categories of products include electrical appliances and equipment.

 

Every week, new products are added to the list and the main risk for the offenders is that they may loose their market access.


Rapex  est le système européen d'échange rapide pour le partage d'informations sur les produits qui ne sont pas conformes aux réglementations en matière d'environnement, de santé ou de sécurité. Les catégories de produits visées comprennent les appareils et équipements électriques.

 

Des nouveaux produits sont signalés chaque semaine et le principal risque pour les contrevenants qui sont signalés chaque semaine, est de perdre leur accès au marché.


22. January 2015

Products Containing Mercury Regulations - Règlement sur les produits contenant du mercure

 

According to the Products Containing Mercury Regulations (SOR 2014-254):

  • From  November 8th, 2015, companies will not anymore be allowed to put into the Canadian market products containing more than 0,1 % of mercury at the homogeneous material level.
  • Some applications are exempted or can be authorized by Environment Canada.  However, these exempted products will have to be annually reported and to bear specific labels and warnings.

10. January 2015

Toward 10 RoHS substances - Vers un RoHS à 10 substances

 

4 new substances will added to the European list of restricted hazardous substances in electrical and electronic products. These additional substances are normally used in plastics.


This major amendment should be adopted in February or March 2015. More details to come...


18. December 2014

REACH 161

 

On December 17th, 2014, the following  6 new substances were added to REACH SVHC candidate list by the ECHA (the European CHemical Agency):

 

Name

CAS

numbers

Usage and reason for inclusion
Reaction mass of 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate and 2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4-[[2-[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]-2-oxoethyl]thio]-4-octyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (reaction mass of DOTE and MOTE) - The reaction mass DOTE:MOTE is used in the production of PVC as heat stabiliser. Is present in various different consumer products: packaging, credit card, plastic pipes, windows, bags, bottles, toys, electric articles, textiles, etc. for the production of rigid PVC films and sheets. Toxic for reproduction.
Cadmium sulphate 10124-36-4; 31119-53-6 Used in phospors and glass, dyeing on cotton, dyeing on cambric, viscose, vinylon, etc. Carcinogenic. Mutagenic. Toxic for reproduction.
2-ethylhexyl 10-ethyl-4,4-dioctyl-7-oxo-8-oxa-3,5-dithia-4-stannatetradecanoate (DOTE) 15571-58-1 Used as stabiliser for PVC processing. Toxic for reproduction.
2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-ditertpentylphenol (UV-328) (MDTP) 25973-55-1 Additive in plastics, UV absorber (packaging…). PBT, vPvB.
2-benzotriazol-2-yl-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol (UV-320) 3846-71-7 Used as UV-absorbers for plastics (PVC, PET, PC, PA, ABS and other polymers), rubber, polyurethanes. PBT, vPvB.
Cadmium fluoride 7790-79-6 Used in Phospors and Glass. Carcinogenic. Mutagenic. Toxic for reproduction.

 

See the REACH section for more détails about the REACH 161 regulation.


19. October 2014

EP&T Publishes an Enviropass' Article on its Website!

 

The article Do your products comply with Chinese or European RoHS? summarizes the basic requirements of both China and EU RoHS and gives insights to efficiently comply. A must read...


27. September 2014

Invitation déjeuner - conférence* / conference* & breakfast

RoHS 2: Quels nouveaux enjeux pour l’industrie électronique du Québec?

Mercredi le 1er Octobre 2014 de 7h30 à 9h15

 

Laval: 3095 Autoroute Laval Ouest, Laval (Qc) H7P 4W5

* Conférence gratuite, Déjeuner, aux frais du participant (sur place)

 

RoHS 2: What are the new challenges for Quebec’s electronic industry?

Wednesday October 1st, 2014 from 7:30am to 9:15am

Laval: 3095 Laval Highway West, Laval (Qc) H7P 4W5

* Free conference, Breakfast, at participant own charges (on site)

 

Détails & organisation: www.rie.ca


24. September 2014

Conflict Minerals Canada

 

The Conflict Minerals bill C-486 is being voted today at the Canadian Parliament. This law is the Canadian version of the US Dodd-Frank Act, which aims at controling supply chains of four minerals (Gold, Tungsten, Tin and Tantalum) coming from Democratic Republic of Congo or adjoining countries.

 

La loi C-386 sur les minerais du conflit est votée aujourd'hui au Parlement canadien. Cette loi est la version canadienne du Dodd-Frank Act américain, qui vise à contrôler les chaines d'approvisionnement de quatre minerais (l'or, le tungstène, l'étain et le tantale) en provenance de République démocratique du Congo ou d'un de ses pays voisins.



08. August 2014

Le guide Bleu / the Blue Guide

 

La Commission Européenne a dernièrement publié le guide bleu (the blue guide) ouvrage de référence pour le marquage CE

 

The European Commission has recently published the blue guide, reference book for CE marking


22. July 2014

 

Equipements médicaux et RoHS Europe / Medical Devices and EU RoHS

 

A partir du 22 juillet 2014, la directive européenne RoHS 2011/65/UE (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) intégre la plupart des équipements électroniques médicaux (catégorie 9)

 

As from 22 July 2014, the EU RoHS Directive 2011/65/EU (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) applies to the majority of medical electronic equipment (category 9)


16. June 2014

REACH 155

 

Le 16 juin 2014, la nouvelle liste des substances candidates, comprenant 155 substances extrêmement préoccupantes, est publiée par l'agence européenne l'ECHA. Cette liste est communément appelée REACH 155.

 

On 16 June 2014, the European Agency ECHA publishes the new candidate list including 155 substances of very high concern (SVHC). This list is commonly known as REACH 155.


16. April 2014

IPC-1755 - Conflict Minerals

 

IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries has released IPC-1755 - Conflict Minerals Data Exchange. This standard on Conflict Minerals allows data gathering & sharing in XML format and is manufactured product level based.

 

L'association IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries a publié le IPC-1755 - Conflict Minerals Data Exchange. Ce standard sur les minerais du conflit est conçu pour permettre des collectes et partages de données en format XML au niveau du produit manufacturé.