New Guide Improves Compliance, Reporting for Substances Contained in Electronic Product Packaging

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), DIGITALEUROPE, and the Japanese Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative (JGPSSI) have released a ground-breaking new guide for the supply chain disclosure of substances used in packaging for the global sale and distribution of electronic products.

The first industry materials declaration guide of its kind, the Joint Industry Guide Material Composition Declaration for Packaging of Electrotechnical Products JIG-201 Ed. 1.0, represents industry-wide consensus on the relevant materials and substances that suppliers must disclose when those materials and substances are present in packaging that is used to transport and protect electrotechnical products. Manufacturers and other purchasers are required to have this data to:

comply with regulations,

meet design specifications and

reach sustainability goals and other objectives.

As I have noted before, regulatory compliance is quickly becoming a primary concern among many supply chain and procurement professionals. In addition, companies are becoming increasingly aware that effective risk and compliance management practices are more important than ever before all multi-national corporations now face distinct risks and business challenges.

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $190 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. ensures industry participation in the development and implementation of EU policies.

The Japan Green Procurement Survey Standardization Initiative (JGPSSI) is a voluntary organization inaugurated in January 2001 for the purpose of standardizing substances contained in parts and materials of equipment in electrical and electronic products through effective survey methods. JGPSSI now includes 50 companies and two associations, ranging from those in the material industry to manufacturers of parts and final products. In September 2005, JGPSSI published the first version of Guidelines for the Management of Chemical Substances in Products.

The JIG-201 guide can be downloaded free of charge here:

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