IPC voices concerns over RoHS revision developments.October 29, 2008 -
After recent report that Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) is on draft list of substances for priority examination under EU RoHS, IPC President Denny McGuirk dispatched letter to EU commissioners expressing organization's concerns for inclusion of TBBPA. McGuirk explained that TBBPA has already undergone comprehensive EU Risk Assessment, and recommendation for priority review of TBBPA under RoHS seemingly undermines EU's emerging chemicals policy and law under REACH.
IPC Voices Concerns Over ROHS Revision Developments
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Press release date: October 24, 2008
BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, October 24, 2008 - On the heels of a recent news report that Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) is on a draft list of substances for priority examination under the European Union's (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), IPC President Denny McGuirk dispatched a letter to EU commissioners expressing the organization's concerns for the inclusion of TBBPA.
In its October 15 issue, ENDS Europe DAILY reported it viewed a proposal drafted by the European Commission's Environment Directorate-General (DG) with a new annex listing five substances for priority assessment and potential inclusion in RoHS, including TBBPA, a reactive flame retardant used in a majority of printed circuit board laminate.
"TBBPA has already undergone a comprehensive EU Risk Assessment and, therefore, is not expected to be subject to authorization under REACH," explained McGuirk. "The recommendation for priority review of TBBPA under RoHS seemingly undermines the EU's emerging chemicals policy and law under REACH. We urge the commission to reconsider the inclusion of TBBPA in its list of 'priority review' substances under RoHS."
Following interagency review of the Environment DG proposal, the Commission will present the proposed RoHS Revision to the European Parliament. This summer IPC hosted a workshop in Brussels outlining the negative impact of the Íko-Institut's recommendations for the inclusion of additional chemicals to RoHS including TBBPA. The Environment DG's proposal is based on the institute's recommendations.
TBBPA is used in more than two-thirds of the world's electrical and electronic (E&E) appliances. A ban of TBBPA, a reactive component to produce flame retardant epoxy systems, would have a tremendous impact on the electronics industry in Europe.
A copy of IPC's letter to EU commissioners is available at www.ipc.org/ehs.
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 $1.5 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Garden Grove, Calif.; Stockholm, Sweden; and Shanghai, China.