At the end of a products’ life cycle an additional problem looms: how to manage waste.
The International Electrotechnical Commission’s IECQ QC 080000 (third edition) provides manufacturers with a tool that makes it easier for them to produce clean products and comply with the increasingly tough requirements and legislation that restrict the use of hazardous substances in electronic products and components.
The Hazardous Substance Process Management (HSPM) Scheme was developed in response to the need of component manufacturers to provide suppliers with the means of demonstrating, through third-party assessment, that their electrical and electronic components and assemblies meet specific local, national and international hazardous substance-free requirements.
The programme helps companies to fully integrate all management disciplines and production processes that are required to manufacture hazardous substance-free products. Today, achieving IECQ HSPM Certification to QC 080000 is the goal of many companies.
“Adhering to IECQ HSPM specification QC 080000 is by far the easiest and fastest way of obtaining certification that a product complies with a given set of requirements” said Chris Agius, IECQ executive secretary, in an October 29, 2012 statement. “The specification helps companies to demonstrate that they are making conscientious efforts to reduce the use of hazardous materials in their processes and actively replacing such materials with non-harmful alternatives.”
The third edition of QC 080000 clarifies how organizations can use this specification to manage their hazardous substances other than through the outright removal of restricted substances and avoiding their use in products.
The IEC is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies – collectively known as “electrotechnology.” It brings together 164 countries and close to 13,000 experts on the global level. IEC International Standards include globally relevant specifications and metrics that allow electric or electronic devices to work efficiently and safely with each other anywhere in the world.