Results of IPC Survey on REACH Preparedness in the North American and European Electronic Interconnect Industry


Courtesy of Quantum Compliance

The new European Union (EU) legislation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) took effect on June 1, 2007. The regulation establishes new requirements for chemicals and substances manufactured within or imported into the EU, restricting those that are deemed to pose a high risk to environment, health and safety.
Every substance, or pure chemical, and every identified use of each substance, must be registered with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA). Registration will be phased in over the next 10 years, but preregistration of all substances currently in use is necessary to make them subject to this timetable. The pre-registration period is from June 1 through December 1, 2008. Substances that are not pre-registered by December 1 will be treated as new substances and will be subject to the regulation immediately. Registration requires manufacturers of substances to provide a dossier of data on their products, their applications, toxicity, etc., to the ECHA, and to communicate this information bidirectionally throughout the supply chain.
Producers and importers of substances must pre-register and register their substances. Downstream users, who use substance to make mixtures of chemicals (known as preparations under REACH) such as laminate resin, plating baths, conformal coatings, solder, and solder paste, will either wish to register or confirm that substance manufacturers have registered the substances they use for their use. Manufacturers of finishes goods or articles such as equipment suppliers, PCB fabricators, EMS companies and OEMs, do not have to register. They must, however, be prepared to provide their
suppliers with data on their applications of all substances used in their products or in the manufacture of those products. In addition, they will need to be prepared to supply information on the use of certain substances of very high concern (SVHC) in their products upon request by anyone, including the general public.

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