IPC and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) will host a virtual conference, “Critical and Emerging Environmental Product Requirements” on June 6 from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm EDT. The event will explore the latest environmental requirements that impact product design, manufacturing, supply chain management, and technology innovation.

Speakers include leading technical and environmental regulatory experts Nicolas Robin from Plastics Europe; Elizabeth Nichols, Ph.D., from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Office of Environmental Quality; and Julian Lageard and Kevin Wolfe from Intel Corporation.

Robin will cover PFAS restrictions; Dr Nichols will present an overview of U.S. efforts to enhance circularity; Lageard will address PFAS restrictions and how they will impact the electronics manufacturing industry; and Wolfe will recommend pathways to understand and respond to developing regulatory restrictions, with an aim to avoid disruptions to supply chain and manufacturing.

In addition to learning from featured speakers, attendees will participate in a panel with members of the Strategic Management Team of the RoHS Umbrella Industry Project. Project Chairs Steven Andrews, Assent; Sue Fortunato-Esbach, Assent; and Michael Müller, Ph.D., Rosenberger GmbH, will foster discussion on discussion on RoHS specific issues including the latest status of the RoHS 2 Review, the latest news on Exemption Packs, and latest developments on additional restricted substances.

“Staying ahead of environmental policies and regulations can be complicated, but it is critical,” said Suhani Chitalia, IPC manager of environmental regulatory affairs. “Any misunderstanding or misinterpretation of these regulations could impart dire production disruptions and financial burdens. This conference will provide anyone who is responsible for keeping their organization in compliance with environmental regulations the tools they need.”

“Environmental compliance regulations worldwide are dynamic and fluctuating,” said Chris Cleet, ITI vice president of policy, environment and sustainability. “This annual conference gives companies a unique opportunity to engage with key government officials and subject matter experts about the current policy landscape and what lies ahead. Empowering resources compliance professionals is also a top priority and attendees will be able to provide critical feedback on what’s needed to effectively navigate new regulations and stay ahead of future changes.”

The event is sponsored by Benchmark Gensuite, Source Intelligence, and GreenSoft Technology, Inc.

For detailed information on the agenda, speakers or to register for the “ITI and IPC Conference on Critical and Emerging Environmental Product Requirements,” visit www.ipc.org/event/critical-environmental-requirements-electronics-conference-2023.