SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News

SMT, PCB Electronics Industry News

News from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)


IPC Offers Electronics Industry Summary of Final SEC Conflict Minerals Regulation Hundreds of pages simplified into easy-to-understand document

Sep 11, 2012

 Wading through the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) 356-page final conflict minerals regulation poses its own share of challenges, not to mention all of the burden that compliance poses. To help electronics manufacturers and their suppliers make sense of the rule, IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has developed, “Summary of the Final SEC Rules on Conflict Minerals,” a 7-page document that is downloadable as a PDF file.

In response to IPC’s lobbying efforts, the SEC issued a more reasonable regulation but despite the improvement, the final rule may still be difficult to understand, let alone comply with. Continuing its leadership role in helping industry prepare for the costly regulation, IPC provides the summary as a free tool to help companies manage compliance.

Highlights of the summary include a simplified explanation of the compliance process: 1) A company must determine whether it is subject to conflict minerals requirements; 2) If yes, the company must conduct a reasonable country of origin inquiry to determine if the “necessary conflict minerals” used originated in the covered countries or are from recycled or scrap materials; and 3) If a company determines, or has reason to believe, that the conflict minerals originated in the covered countries and are not, or may not be, from recycled scrap sources, it must exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of conflict minerals and may need to provide a conflict minerals report (CMR).

Additional points include information on “phase-in” period implementation, audit standards and objectives, definitions of terms, conflict minerals report content and disclosure requirements. 

IPC’s due diligence and data exchange committees will begin reviewing necessary changes to IPC-developed compliance tools and expect to publish a due diligence guideline document later this year. Said Joel Sherman, product environmental compliance manager, KEMET Electronics Corp. and co-chair of the E-30 Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Committee working on the guideline, “The document is intended to provide industry guidance within a flexible framework that companies may use to establish an effective conflict minerals due diligence program. We’re earnestly working to get the guideline out in November.”

To further help industry prepare for compliance, IPC will hold a series of conflict minerals seminars this fall.
To download “Summary of the Final SEC Rules on Conflict Minerals,” visit www.ipc.org/conflict-minerals-summary. For more information on IPC’s environmental policies and initiatives, contact Fern Abrams, IPC director of government relations and environmental policy, at FernAbrams@ipc.org or +1 703-522-2287.


IPC (www.IPC.org) is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,100 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 $2.02 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Arlington, Va.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; and Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, China.

You must be a registered user to talk back to us.

More News from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)

Dec 06, 2016 -

IPC Study on North American PCB Industry Reports Growth in Military/Aerospace Market

Nov 30, 2016 -

North American PCB Book-to-Bill Ratio Climbs to 1.08

Nov 17, 2016 -

PCB Executive Forum Focuses on Critical Issues Senior-level executives to meet at IPC APEX EXPO

Nov 15, 2016 -

Turn Inspiration into Innovation through IPC APEX EXPO 2017 Educational Programs

Nov 09, 2016 -

IPC Releases New Online Training Course, IPC Essentials

Nov 09, 2016 -

IPC Issues Statement on the 2016 Election Results

Nov 07, 2016 -

ISC Engineering, LLC Earns Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC/WHMA-A-620

Oct 20, 2016 -

Session 4 of IPC & SMTA's Conference to Focus on Ultra-Thin or Nanocoatings

Oct 20, 2016 -

World PCB Production in 2015 Estimated at $58.6 Billion IPC World PCB Production Report Released

Oct 20, 2016 -

Mayim Bialik Chosen as Opening Keynote at IPC APEX EXPO 2017 Industry votes to hear from actress and neuroscientist

(789) more news from Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC)

IPC Offers Electronics Industry Summary of Final SEC Conflict Minerals Regulation Hundreds of pages simplified into easy-to-understand document news release has been viewed 473 times

PCB X-Ray Inspection System

ii-feed SMD Intelligent Feeder