On Oct. 9, 2009, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released its initial list, or Catalogue, of products subject to lead, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, mercury, polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs), and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) restrictions. The new restrictions, along with the criteria for future products to be added to the catalogue, will be discussed in detail at IPC’s “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Complying with Global Environmental Regulation” conference, Nov. 10, 2009 in Irvine, CA.
Tad Ferris, partner at
Holland & Knight, will offer key insights on issues such as expected
mandatory premarket certification and required laboratory analysis. With more
than 15 years of experience working with Chinese government agencies,
multinational corporations and multilateral institutions through Holland &
office, Mr. Ferris is uniquely positioned to discuss this important topic.
In addition to covering
recent changes to China’s
regulations, the conference will feature an up-to-date read on European Union (EU)
deliberations on the recast of the original Restriction of Hazardous Substance
(RoHS). Steve Andrews, the United
Kingdom’s representative to the EU’s RoHS
Technical Advisory Committee, will lead off the conference with an insider’s
view of the debate in the EU Council and Parliament. “Not merely interesting
politics, the issues being debated this year could have a substantial impact on
the global electronics industry,” said Fern Abrams, IPC director of government
relations and environmental policy. “The green nongovernmental organizations
(NGOs) are continuing to push for additional substance restrictions and
compulsory testing and labeling under the CE mark.”
Presentations by key
industry experts will offer critical updates on global environmental
regulations and trends, including Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and
Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and California’s
recently proposed Green Chemistry Policy. Afternoon highlights include
halogen-free electronics, conflict metals restrictions and the tools available
to help companies measure their eco-environmental impact.
For more information, visitwww.IPC.org/Compliance-Materials-Conference.