Motivation towards product compliance

Compliance – legal (extract)

The REACH regulation (European Regulation Number 1907/2006 concerning the Regulation, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) came into force on 01 June 2007 and covers all European products. It has also become a major motivator towards material compliance.

The coming into effect of the Electrical and Electronic Equipment Act (Elektrogesetz) on 13 August 2005 signaled the completion of the harmonization of the WEEE and RoHS directives of the EU into German national law. As a result of these measures, the use of the heavy metals lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and cadmium is, with a few exceptions, prohibited as of 1 July 2006, as is the use of the following flame-retardants: biphenyls (PBB) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE).

The EU RoHS directive 2002/95/EC on limiting the use of certain dangerous materials in electrical and electronic equipment prohibited the use of certain materials in electrical and electronic components from July 2006.

Council Directive 88/378/EEC from 3 May 1988 on the approximation of the laws of the member states concerning the safety of toys was revised in 2008 is due to become law in 2011. This will outlaw the use of certain materials and substances in toys.

The trading of medical devices will be far more tightly controlled when the amendment to the law governing medical devices (Medizinproduktegesetz – MPG) due to the revision of the MDD 2007/47/EC comes into force. In effect, this means that the medical devices industry will not be able to obtain a CE marking for products without material compliance.

The EU strategy paper on the breaking up of ships, due to become law in 2013, will mean increased expenditure with regard to material data documentation.

Compliance – market

Compliance with product specifications – kept current at all times!

This market demand is today a mantra in almost all product areas and forms a key component of many contracts. In this context, the market is developing with a view to achieving the following ends:

  • Reduction of the product liability risk

  • Supplier development with regards to material compliance

  • Proactive approach to banned substances

  • Create more emotional reasons for purchasing

  • Improving image through a higher awareness of responsibilities

Compliance – competition

The development of new and innovative products, in particular in respect to the materials used, creates vital leads over the competition in increasingly saturated markets. Business opportunities in these markets are confined to increasingly brief windows of opportunity for the marketing of a product with a given function. Material compliance, as an integral part of the product requirement, plays an extremely important role in this respect.

The accurate recognition of such a business opportunity, as described in terms of time, expense and quality, demands of the company an exceptionally swift reaction time. This involves the bundling of knowledge, an ability to make use of existing resources with the minimum of expense and an ability to fulfill the anticipated customer requirements to the full.

The success of a product is inexorably linked to these criteria and, when viewed in the context of product compliance, provides a wide range of potential for improving the positioning of a company’s own products. With the support of tec4U, you are obtaining a competitive advantage through “Certified Material Compliance”.