The highly anticipated IECQ HSPM QC 080000:2012 is released on June 1, 2012. 

The QC 080000 Specification has recently undergone an upgrade from 2005 version to 2012 version.  The new Specification clarifies how organizations can use IECQ QC 080000 to manage their hazardous substances other than just emphasizing the removal and avoiding restricted substances in the products.  Advantages of the new version include:

  1. The QC 080000:2012 not only includes requirements on restricting hazardous substances in products, it also includes management requirements on working with hazardous substances.  These management requirements will enable an organization to put in place processes to accommodate other hazardous substances directives and regulations other than RoHS.  New requirements in the re-casted RoHS such as compliance assessment, preparation of technical file, preparation of self-declaration, use of markings, change control, product recall, and the information communication within the supply chain in REACH, etc can now be managed through these new requirements in QC 080000:2012.

  2. Better alignment and consistency with ISO 9001:2008 in terms of terminology and wordings to facilitate an organization’s incorporation of the IECQ HSPM requirements into their existing management system.

  3. Removal of ambiguity and clarification of intention of some requirements in the 2005 version.

IECQ has also released a transition plan to facilitate certified organizations to transit to the 2012 version.

SGS is honored to be part of the revision process of this important Specification.  Mr. Chris Yau, SGS Global Product Manager of IECQ HSPM QC 080000, chairs the working group (IECQ Working Group 5) that reviewed and revised QC 080000.  The SGS Japan and Korea offices also are responsible for translating the Japanese and Korean versions of the Specifications respectively.

About IECQ HSPM QC 080000

The IECQ HSPM QC 080000 was first published by IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) in November 2005 to response to the industrial demand of having a recognized international specification for hazardous substances process management (HSPM).  QC 080000 defines the requirements of an organization for establishing processes to identify and control the introduction of hazardous substances into its products.

SGS was one of the earliest certification bodies to be qualified to offer IECQ HSPM QC 080000 certification and training services.  SGS is also accredited by RABQSA, the world’s largest competency-based personnel qualification body, for its IECQ HSPM courses. As of May 2012, SGS maintains the market leader position with a 37% market share of IECQ HSPM certification.

To learn more, please visit SGS China website.

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