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

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 programmes, alongside our team of experts to meet your compliance goals and exceed the expectations of your customers.

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Leigh Stringer
Managing Editor, Europe

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.

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05 August 2021

Electronics giants Apple, Dell and HP Inc have committed to the Towards Zero Exposure programme – an initiative aimed at reducing worker exposure to hazardous chemicals along the electronics supply chain.

Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

10 September 2021

The expected European member states' restriction proposal covering per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) is disproportionate and unworkable, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) has said in a position paper.

NGOs celebrate, industry disappointed at newly unveiled EU chemicals strategy

The US EPA has said today it will extend until March (or by six months) compliance dates for TSCA prohibitions on phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)) in electronics and other commercial equipment, and will issue a new proposal "soon" seeking comment on a potential further extension.

03 September 2021

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

Sweden's chemicals agency (Kemi) and tax agency have proposed changes to a tax levied on the use of flame retardants in electronics products, with the aim to make it more effective in reducing hazardous substances.

20 May 2021

European Commission publishes radical, wide-ranging chemicals strategy

11 June 2021

Lawmakers in New York’s Senate and Assembly have approved legislation that would make the state the first in the US to prohibit the use of certain flame retardants in casings within electronic devices like computer monitors and televisions.

European Commission publishes radical, wide-ranging chemicals strategy

17 June 2021

EU environment ministers have criticised the European Commission’s proposal to initiate restrictions of some battery ingredients in a separate process from REACH, arguing that it would duplicate existing restriction work.

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Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

05 October 2021

Company’s own assessment criteria bans CMRs, sensitisers, POPs and bioaccumulative substances

Comment: Why the European chemicals strategy is its most ambitious in 20 years

05 October 2021

Groups ask for EPA to confirm any further compliance extensions by early December