Electronic Design

Communication And Information Are Critical Components Of RoHS Compliance

NEDA’s Second Industry Summit Draws Over 100 Attendees

Atlanta, GA—Representatives from more than 80 companies met on June 9th at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare for the NEDA Industry Summit: Negotiating the Economic, Legal and Logistic Challenges of RoHS and Lead Free Compliance. The meeting was a follow up to the one held in January and a key example of NEDA’s efforts to keep the industry informed of important issues.

Industry experts and attendees discussed a variety of non-technical issues surrounding the pending regulations. The summit format encouraged table discussion and sharing of possible solutions. Key topics included: the legal ramifications of compliance; product labeling, information and reporting needs; world-wide implementation, and a supply chain segment-by-segment update. The importance of supply chain partner communication was a common theme.

Of special interest was the information on the pending IPC Materials Declarations Form standard IPC 1752. The Materials Declaration portion of IPC's 1750 series for Supplier Declarations is available for review and comment for 60 days at www.ipc.org. Various speakers at the summit urged attendees to take advantage of this window of opportunity.

Valuable information was offered by each presenter: Laura Blaisdell, All American; Leonie Tipton, Arrow Electronics, Inc.; Jean-Phillipe Brisson, Allen & Overy; Ken Stanvick of Design Chain Associates; Jay Smith, Future Electronics; Melanie Pizzey, TTI, Inc.; Mary Carter Berrios, KEMET Electronics Corp.; Michael Griffith, KOA Speer Electronics; and Joe Bernstein, Subtronics Assembly, Inc.

Speaker presentations are available for review at www.nedassoc.org. NEDA will host a third summit before the end of the year to continue the discussion on this important topic.

NEDA is a not-for-profit trade association representing supplier authorized distributors of electronic components and their manufacturer-suppliers. Dedicated to enhancing the authorized distributor-manufacturer relationship, NEDA represents companies involved in the distribution of electronic components, computers and computer peripheral components and test, measurement and control equipment parts.

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