The BOMcheck substances declaration web database system can be used in conjunction with the EN 50581:2012 European Standard to comply with the Technical Documentation requirements contained in Directive 2011/65/EU on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (known as RoHS2).
REACH requires all suppliers in the supply chain to;
- Provide declarations for substances of very high concern (SVHC) on the REACH Candidate List from October 2008 (Article 33)
- Comply with substance restrictions from June 2009 (Article 67)
REACH is fundamentally different to RoHS because under REACH all EU suppliers have a direct legal obligation to provide information on the REACH compliance status of their components, sub-assemblies, finished equipment etc.
The industry-led BOMcheck system (www.bomcheck.net) gathers data on REACH substances at the part number level to enable suppliers and manufacturers to address all aspects of REACH compliance for their products.
RoHS2 requires Manufacturers to produce technical documentation which demonstrates that their products are RoHS compliant, in line with Module A of Decision 768/2008/EC.
Each company has to decide the best approach for drawing up the RoHS2 technical documentation which makes best use of their existing compliance processes and quality management systems.
The diagram to the left summarises the process specified in EN 50581 and highlights how using BOMcheck to collect the documents from suppliers (Clause 4.3.3) enables the Manufacturer to save time and effort to comply with the Clause 4.3.4 document evaluation requirements.
In July 2010, U.S. Congress signed into law the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 1502 includes ‘conflict minerals’ reporting requirements for SEC reporting companies.
Companies must report annually whether they are “DRC conflict free” or “Not DRC conflict free”. Companies can declare “DRC conflict undeterminable” for up to 2 years (up to 4 years for small companies).
Suppliers can upload an EICC GeSI Conflict Minerals Reporting template (Excel Workbook) to BOMcheck and make it available for their manufacturing customers to download. As well as being able to download completed Workbooks uploaded by suppliers, manufacturers can view and download summary and/or detailed data in CSV format, giving a picture of how the whole supply chain looks with regard to Conflict Minerals compliance.