The IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) is the world’s leading organization for the preparation and publication of International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.
The standard 62474 defines the ‘Material Declaration for Products of and for the Electrotechnical Industry’, published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and can be found on the homepage:
The standard defines a list of declarable substances ie toxic substances that should not be contained in products. This substance list mainly comes from the substances in the REACH and RoHS regulations. However the substance list in the IEC standard is not identical to the other regulations.
A very useful part of the standard is, that for substances and substance groups, typical applications in the electronic industry are given. For example that perchlorates are only used in coin cell batteries. Such an information makes it much simpler for a supplier of electrical components to assess, whether the substance could be possibly present in the component he is providing.
The IEC standard also provides an xml-schema that can be used for data exchange.
Efforts are underway to harmonize the IEC standard with the REACH and RoHS substance list. Such a standardized material declaration would be very beneficial not only to a provider of a software tool to exchange the data, but also to all parties of the electronics supply chain.
We are looking forward to a harmonized standard that can be built into the software and exchanged between different solutions.