ENVSYM0710: Proceedings from the IPC Conference It’s Not Easy Being Green: UNDERSTANDING PROLIFERATING CHEMICAL AND PRODUCT REGULATIONS.

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The list of chemical and product regulations affecting the electronics industry continues to grow in 2010. It’s not just growing, but broadening as countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas all look to strengthen and solidify their own regulatory regimes. These proceedings contain information on environmental regulations and other trends affecting the electronics industry. The proceedings include presentations providing updated information on the European Union’s RoHS revisions, including changes in scope, recommendations for the inclusion of medical and monitoring equipment, and the addition of new substance restrictions; the latest revisions to the EU REACH Regulation, including changes to the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list and requirements for product manufacturers; an overview of developing REACH-like chemicals regulatory regimes in Asia; an update on critical substances under consideration for ban under Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan; information on the implementation of the U.N. Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals in the United States; highlights of the newly revised IPC-1752A Materials Declaration Standard and overview of tools available for materials declaration, an overview of flame retardant regulations and voluntary halogen-free standards; and a Summary of the U.S. EPA report, “Design for the Environment: Partnership to Evaluate Flame Retardants in Printed Circuit Boards,” including end of life combustion studies.