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IPC Efforts help exempt electronics from CPSIA lead limits.

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February 12, 2009 - Certain electronics products intended for children will be exempted from CPSC's CPSIA lead limit beginning February 10, 2009 to meet the compliance deadline. The interim rule and proposed rules on January 15, 2009 clarify that lead contained within electronics parts is inaccessible to children, plus it is not technologically feasible for these parts to comply with lead limits of 600 ppm. Proposed rules are expected to become final by end of February 2009.

IPC Efforts Pay Off; Electronic Devices Will Be Exempt from CPSIA Lead Limit February 10, 2009


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Press release date: February 10, 2009

Certain electronics products intended for children will be exempted from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) lead limit beginning on February 10, 2009. Under the CPSIA, the lead content in electronics products intended for children is required to be no greater than 600 parts per million (ppm). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an interim rule because the January 15, 2009 proposed rules would have been finalized after the February 10, 2009 CPSIA compliance deadline.

The CPSC's interim rule and the January 15, 2009 proposed rules clarify that lead contained within electronics parts is inaccessible to children. As a result of IPC efforts, the CPSC has recognized that lead in a component part of electronic devices is not accessible to children because the lead is fully enclosed within a component that is itself within the electronic device. Additionally, the CPSC has also exempted the lead content in electronics because it is currently not technologically feasible for certain parts of electronic devices to comply with the CPSIA lead limits of 600 ppm.

IPC, in conjunction with the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), will be providing comments on the 2009 proposed rules to reiterate the industry's support for these necessary exemptions.

The January 15, 2009 proposed rules are expected to become a final rule near the end of February 2009. For more information on CPSC regulations and guidance, please visit http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html or contact Ron Chamrin, IPC manager of government relations, at +1 703-522-0225 or RonChamrin@ipc.org.

About IPC
IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global trade association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 2,700 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $1.7 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai and Shenzhen, China.

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