Walter Jager will be presenting the new edition of the IEC 62474 Standard during a session devoted to declarations for EU Substance of Concern in Articles (SCIP) database reporting.
IEC TC 111 prepares horizontal environmental standards for electrical and electronic devices, including on materials declaration, environmentally-conscious design and toxic substance testing and control.
Manufacturers and suppliers of electrical and electronic goods need to know how to report the different materials and substances in their products so as to conform to the various pieces of legislation on these topics and sometimes even anticipate them. The new edition of IEC 62474 is a very complete standard which provides information on what substances to report and how to report them, including a separate mechanism for the exchange of data down the supply chain.
A common format is used to ease the transfer and processing of data. The standard also comes with a validated open database which includes a declarable substance list (DSL), which is updated in line with regulatory requirements. The new edition enables users to employ two different methods for declaring substances.
“The standard defines a declaration for compliance and a composition declaration. The first one enables suppliers to check their products against the existing DSL, whereas the second allows them to make a broader substance declaration, which includes, at a minimum, any declarable substances in the product. The composition declaration can optionally include other substances as well, and can even become a complete substance declaration. In the previous edition, the two different types of declaration were merged into one, with no clearly defined rules for substance reporting. This new approach makes things easier for both manufacturers and suppliers,” explains Walter Jager.
The IEC 62474 DSL is regularly updated, as new or revised regulations are released. “It is brought up to date by three different groups dealing with separate geographical areas: Americas, Asia and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). These groups keep track of the various regulatory changes around the world,” says Christophe Garnier, chair of IEC TC 111. A typical example of such regulations is the EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, which restricts the use of specific hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.
The standard is initially aimed at the electronics and electrical industries but can be used by any supply sector wishing to report chemical substances in their products. “The toy or the textile industry, to mention just a couple, could use the standard to meet their own requirements. It is easy to adapt it, all you need to do is establish the relevant list of substances in your product, using the IEC 62474 declaration methods and employ the exchange format for the transfer of data down the supply chain. The list of exemptions can also be customized,” Garnier adds.
The Electronics goes green conference was a three day event which took place last year in Berlin, Germany, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it has mutated to a one day online conference.
Find out more about TC 111 on https://tc111.iec.ch/