TSCA Compliance Services from GreenSoft Technology

The Toxic Substances Control Act now impacts electronics producers

TSCARecent rule changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) have put the electronics industry on high alert.

On January 6, 2021, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed new rules banning or restricting five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances.

Unlike prior rules which largely applied only to the production, processing, and importing of chemicals, these new rules include restrictions on substances present in articles.

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Figure 1: The five persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) substances regulated by the EPA on January 6, 2021.

Of the five restricted substances, PIP 3:1, is currently widely used as a flame-retardant plasticizer for PVC, and has been found to be commonly used in electronic equipment. Figure 2, below, shows some of the equipment and components in which PIP 3:1 is commonly present.

Another of the five substances, DecaBDE, was commonly used in electronic equipment in the past, but due to its restriction under the EU RoHS Directive and EU REACH regulation Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) Candidate List, it has become less common in electronic equipment over time. The remaining three restricted substances are not likely to be present in electronic equipment.

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Figure 2: Common electronic equipment usage of Isopropylated Phosphate (3:1) (PIP 3:1).

Starting March 8, 2022, articles manufactured or sold in the US may no longer contain any amount of PIP 3:1. The clock is ticking for electronics producers to remove this substance from their supply chain.

Violations of the TSCA substance restrictions can result in civil and criminal penalties of $37,500 per violation per day, and could even include up to 1 year of jail time for intentional violations.

GreenSoft Technology helps with supply chain data collection

As part of our TSCA data services, GreenSoft Technology will contact your supply chain to collect data on the presence of PIP 3:1, PIP 3:1 and DecaBDE, or all five PBT substances in your products.

We contact your suppliers as many times as it takes to obtain complete and accurate data, and use our award-winning GreenData Manager (GDM) software to validate data, and generate compliance reports and substance analysis.

Companies have trusted in GreenSoft Technology to manage their compliance data for over 18 years. Contact us today to get started and receive a free BOM Scrub.

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