ECCB taps into TIA environmental tracking service

April 6, 2009--The Electronics Components Certification Board (ECCB) will use EIATRACK, the Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) environmental regulatory tracking service, as a quality assurance tool in its Hazardous Substances Process Management (HSPM) Green Manufacturing Certification Program.

April 6, 2009--The Electronics Components Certification Board (ECCB) will use EIATRACK, the Telecommunications Industry Association's (TIA) environmental regulatory tracking service, as a quality assurance tool in its Hazardous Substances Process Management (HSPM) Green Manufacturing Certification Program.

ECCB, as the U.S. management arm of the International Electrotechnical Commission Quality Assessment System (IECQ), certifies through a network of certifying bodies (CBs) that manufacturers are in compliance with EIA/ECCB 954 and IECQ HSPM specifications. It assures that a company's production processes and electronic components represent the highest standards of quality and hazardous substance-free characteristics.

ECCB plans to promote EIATRACK to manufacturers as an additional tool for managing the ongoing process of remaining compliant. Manufacturers and CBs will be able to take advantage of the TIA member discount on EIATRACK annual subscriptions.

"EIATRACK has been designed with user input to give electronics companies a tool to cost-effectively manage their compliance with environmental regulations globally," says TIA President Grant Seiffert. "EIATRACK provides a wealth of information manufacturers can use to meet ECCB certification for HSPM."

Stanley Salot Jr., president of the Electronic Components Certification Corp. and co-creator of the EIA/ECCB 954 Standard and IECQ HSPM Specification, says: "EIATRACK is by far the best tool on the market today. Our certification bodies, member companies, and more than 1,600 IECQ HSPM-certified manufacturers can now cost effectively understand hazardous substance regulatory requirements worldwide, which enables better management of their hazardous substance compliance. Perhaps the greatest problem faced by industry worldwide before EIATRACK was their inability to know what they did not know. With EIATRACK, that problem is virtually gone."

EIATRACK is a subscription-based Web service that delivers regulatory updates, detailed analyses and reports, Webinars, and news for more than 100 global jurisdictions, including each of the United States.

TIA, which owns and manages EIATRACK, employs what it says is "highly-respected legal firms and technical experts to monitor and analyze regulations related to the RoHS, WEEE, REACH, EuP directives, battery recycling, design for the environment, energy efficiency and more, for products that contain electronics, cabling, chips, plastics and other materials that are subject to compliance rules."

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