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Popularity of management systems to minimize or eliminate hazardous substances in a steep rise

Establishing systems to manage the hazardous substances in the production of electrical and electronic equipment, their components and packaging is becoming increasingly common. According to the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic (IECQ), 118 IECQ HSPM 080000 certificates were issued during the first quarter of 2007*. The number represents 90% growth in the total amount of certificates compared to where the market was at the end of 2006. This year’s IECQ Symposium discusses where the market is going, gives outlook on the legislation of hazardous substances control and shows how companies have benefited from IECQ HSPM certification.

IECQ introduced the IECQ HSPM 080000 standard for Hazardous Substance Process Management (HSPM) in November 2005. The standard is a framework for the management of hazardous substance control and defines the requirements for establishing processes that identify and control any introduction of hazardous substances into electronic products, the related packaging material and batteries.

The increase in the number of IECQ HSPM 080000 certificates from 134 at the end 2006 to 252 at end of March 2007 shows that a fast growing number of E&E manufacturers feel it necessary to include the relevant hazardous substance control measures to their management systems. Key drivers for certification are to improve product compliance to the EU RoHS directive and to make processes related to manufacturing environmentally friendlier.

Examples of large IECQ HSPM certified companies include Taiwanese PRIMAX ELECTRONIC and INVENTEC CORPORATION and Chinese FOOK TIN TECHNOLOGIES LTD (the world's largest bathroom scale manufacturer), MIDEA MICROWAVE (the largest microwave manufacturer in the world) and SMIC. The companies’ management systems were audited and certified against the IECQ HSPM 080000 standard in 2006 by SGS China, HK and Taiwan.

The 2007 IECQ Symposium will take place on April 21 in Taipei and on April 25-27 in Tianjin, Shanghai and in Shenzhen, China. The symposium is organized by SGS.  Key speakers include Stanley H. Salot Jr., President of Electronic Components Certification Board (ECCB), and Mr Huang Jian Zhong, Officer, Chinese Ministry of Information Industry and one of the key people behind the China RoHS.

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With over 48,000 employees, SGS operates a network of almost 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. SGS is the market leader of IECQ HSPM certification. Earlier this year, SGS became the first certification body to be approved by the Electronic Component Certification Board (ECCB) to audit IECQ against three Directives: RoHS, Battery Directive and the Packaging Directive. SGS is also the global leader in RoHS testing and certification.

* Source: www.iecq.org

2007 IECQ Symposium agenda and SGS local office contacts

Taiwan
Apr.21, 08:30-17:00
Tel (Taiwan office): 00886(2) 22993279, ext: 1241~1243

China, Tianjin
Apr.25, 08:30-17:30
Tel (Beijing office): +86 10-68456699, ext: 809
Tel (Tianjin office): +86 22-26293899, ext: 176

China, Shanghai
Apr.2608:30-17:00
Tel (Shanghai office): +86 21-61152302

China, Shenzhen
Apr.27, 09:30-17:45
Tel (Guangzhou office): +86 20-82155122
Tel (Shenzhen office): +86 755-83114358, ext: 8516
Tel (Hong Kong office): 00852-27653622; 27747479

To sign up 2007 IECQ Symposium, please call SGS local office or go to:
www.cn.sgs.com/iecq
www.hk.sgs.com/iecq
www.tw.sgs.com/iecq