How do you manage the risks of chemicals in your electrical and electronic products?

It’s never been more important for manufacturers to understand what their products are made of, and how this influences not only their compliance, but also their circularity and sustainability. But for product safety professionals managing compliance for the world’s biggest electronics and electrical product manufacturers, this is not an easy task.

We know that compliance teams within the electronics industry face three big challenges:

Understanding the hazardous substances within their products, and communicating this throughout the supply chain

European Commission publishes radical, wide-ranging chemicals strategy
Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

21 January 2021

Cross-sector industry group, the Proactive Alliance (PA), would eventually like an international organisation, such as Unep, to coordinate its goal of global cross-sector harmonisation of reporting on substances in articles (SiAs).

03 December 2020

The UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that, following the end of the Brexit transition period, its independent RoHS Regulation will follow the same legislative timeframes for exemptions set by the EU.

NGOs celebrate, industry disappointed at newly unveiled EU chemicals strategy
REACH will 'most likely' need reopening to implement new chemicals strategy, says Commission official

The US EPA has concluded that n-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) poses an unreasonable risk to workers and consumers for 26 of 37 conditions of use evaluated.

The European Commission has proposed a new regulation that would grant Echa legal powers to put forward restrictions or other regulatory measures for hazardous chemicals used in batteries.

17 December 2020

24 December 2020

03 December 2020

Saudi Arabia's government is hastening the approval of a technical regulation to restrict certain substances in electronics and electrical equipment.

The world’s biggest electrical and electronics manufacturers rely on Chemical Watch to proactively manage their compliance and product safety efforts

Keeping up with regulations controlling the use of (hazardous) substances in electronic and electrical products

Following trends towards circularity (and sustainable development) and especially keeping up with rules on extended producer responsibility requirements on batteries and waste

In addition to these EEE-specific challenges, global developments in the field of safe chemicals management indicate that pressure will grow on all manufacturers to improve their internal knowledge of chemicals and toxicology.

As the leading global provider of independent intelligence and insight for product safety professionals managing chemicals, Chemical Watch is perfectly positioned to help you overcome these challenges. Use our award-winning news coverage and analysis, world-class compliance tools, unparalleled events and training programme, alongside our team of experts to meet your compliance goals and exceed the expectations of your customers.

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Introducing our Chemical Watch experts

Leigh Stringer
Global Business Editor

Cristina Garcia
Senior Regulatory and Compliance Analyst

Nhat Nguyen
Chief Analyst

Prior to joining Chemical Watch, Leigh wrote for the Press Association, ICIS and edie.net, covering a range of environmental and business related topics. He also contributes to Guardian Sustainable Business.

Prior to joining chemical watch, Cristina worked in regulatory affairs and compliance management for multinational companies in the food contact, biocides, and chemical industries.

Nhat joined Chemical Watch in April 2018. He is a US licensed attorney, and prior to joining Chemical Watch, he was a regulatory analyst and consultant, advising customers on a range of issues in Asia, the EU and the US.

In-depth comment and analysis

02 September 2020

The world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturer requires its suppliers to complete screening of all new chemicals used in their operations and products. Leigh Stringer reports on the impact

Following the publication of the EU–UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the Chemical Watch analyst team outlines the key issues for product compliance and trade

14 January 2021

IEC's Catherine Bischofberger looks at the tools used for substance and material reporting in helping product managers ensure their products are compliant

02 April 2021

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Recent coverage of electronics

REACH will 'most likely' need reopening to implement new chemicals strategy, says Commission official

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