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Conference on Critical and Emerging Environmental Product Requirements

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IPC, Association Connecting Electronics Industries and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) will host a conference series on ‘Critical and Emerging Environmental Product Requirements’ in Boston, the Chicago area and San Jose on June 3rd, 5th, and 7th, respectively.

The series will feature well-known United Kingdom (UK) regulators Carl Magness, product safety enforcement team leader, and Paul Tennant, product safety enforcement manager, both within the UK Office of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and Giuseppina Luvara, a policy officer within the European Commission’s Directorate General of Environment.

Magness and Tennant, who oversee enforcement of European Union (EU) regulations affecting the electronics industry, will provide an update on the EU’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive exemptions, implementation and enforcement, new chemicals, and more.

Luvara, an expert on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) legislation and responsible for REACH review coordination, will cover EU chemicals management issues including REACH review, implementation, enforcement, and REACH/RoHS interface. She will also discuss new chemicals that the REACH regulation is reviewing, including phthalates and bisphenol A.

“Global environmental compliance requirements constantly evolve, which can make adherence extremely difficult for companies,” said Chris Cleet, ITI’s Senior Director, environment and sustainability. “Misunderstanding these changes and their effect could have a disastrous impact for business. ITI and IPC’s conference will provide the information compliance professionals and officers need to be up to date with legal, regulatory, and customer requirements.”

The conference will include a US regulatory wrap-up by Cleet and presentations on Asia environmental issues by Alexa Lee, ITI’s senior manager of policy at ITI, at the Boston and Chicago-area events, and by Jennifer McLaughlin, Oracle’s product environmental compliance manager, at the San Jose event.

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