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IPC is collecting member views on the ongoing European Commission public consultation on the Interface between chemical, product and waste legislation (CPW Interface). This EU initiative will have significant impacts on business through the supply chain as it looks at tracking substances of concern (which are yet to be defined), on top of ECHA’s upcoming database on SVHCs.
The consultation is based on the Commission Communication on the Interface, which was released in January 2018 as part of the Circular Economy mini-package. It aims to get stakeholders’ views on 4 issues posing obstacles to ‘the safe uptake of secondary raw materials’ and a number of related challenges: lack of information on substances of concern in products and waste, presence of substances of concern in recycled materials, difficulties in applying end-of-waste criteria as well as unclear application of EU waste classification methodologies.
Michael Ford, Aegis Software Corp.
The rise in the ingress of counterfeit materials into the supply chain has made them prolific, though yet, the extent is understated. What needs to be faced now is the need for incoming inspection, but at what cost to industry, and does anyone remember how to do it?
Patty Rasmussen, East West Manufacturing
You're in the market for some PCB assemblies for your new product and you need to find the right supplier. You've looked online, gotten recommendations from friends, and the choices are dizzying. Should you look domestically or overseas? What do you do now? Sourcing PCBA doesn't have to be difficult, but there are questions you need to answer.
Stephen Las Marias, I-Connect007
There's a new EMS player in town. Come August 2017, Artem Global, a startup EMS firm in the Philippines, will start manufacturing operations, with services ranging from PCB assembly to box build, and even turnkey services. I-Connect007 Managing Editor Stephen Las Marias caught up with Artem Managing Director Art Ledonio at last week's PSECE event in Manila.