Materials declaration questionnaires - Basic guidelines

One important aspect of product-related environmental protection is environmentally safe product recycling or disposal. This is possible only with the knowledge of the substances contained and the potential hazards to health and to the environment that they represent. Therefore, the manufacturer should know which environmentally relevant substances are contained in his products. Additionally, he should know the distribution and the concentrations of these substances. He should be able to give the required information to those who need it.[
]This guideline is written to assist companies which have to develop materials declaration questionnaires for products, for instance as part of purchase specifications. It intends to increase the harmonization and the comparability of the various questionnaires.

Vprašalniki za deklaracijo materialov – Osnovne smernice

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SLOVENSKI STANDARD
SIST-V IEC Guide 113:2006
01-september-2006
Vprašalniki za deklaracijo materialov – Osnovne smernice
Materials declaration questionnaires - Basic guidelines
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: IEC GUIDE 113
ICS:
13.020.30 Ocenjevanje vpliva na okolje Environmental impact
assessment
13.020.60 Življenjski ciklusi izdelkov Product life-cycles
SIST-V IEC Guide 113:2006 en

2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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MATERIALS DECLARATION QUESTIONNAIRES –
BASIC GUIDELINES
FOREWORD

This first edition of IEC Guide 113 has been prepared in accordance with annex P of Part 1 of

the ISO/IEC Directives by the Advisory Committee on Environmental Aspects (ACEA).

The text of this guide is based on the following documents:
Approval document Report on voting
C/1180/DV C/1202/RV

Full information on the voting for the approval of this guide can be found in the report on

voting indicated in the above table.
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MATERIALS DECLARATION QUESTIONNAIRES –
BASIC GUIDELINES
1 Scope

One important aspect of product-related environmental protection is environmentally safe

product recycling or disposal. This is possible only with the knowledge of the substances

contained and the potential hazards to health and to the environment that they represent.

Therefore, the manufacturer should know which environmentally relevant substances are

contained in his products. Additionally, he should know the distribution and the concentrations

of these substances. He should be able to give the required information to those who need it.

The flow of information on material content involves several parties, as illustrated in figure 1.

Material suppliers
Manufacturers
of components
If requested
Manufacturers
of appliances
Private customers
Industrial customers
Consumer associations
Recycling/disposal
facilities
Figure 1 – Flow of information on materials content

This guideline is not prescriptive. It is rather written to assist companies which have to

develop materials declaration questionnaires for products, for instance as part of purchase

specifications. It intends to increase the harmonization and the comparability of the various

questionnaires. This is supposed to lead to cost reduction, both for those sending

questionnaires and for those answering them, but it must be kept in mind that the possibilities

for harmonizing the materials declaration questionnaires are limited because of the differing

needs of those requiring information, and because of the continual changes of the hazardous

materials lists.
2 Definition

Within the meaning of this guide, products comprise, in particular, materials, components,

subassemblies and appliances in the field of the electrotechnical and electronic industry.

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3 Procedure for developing materials declaration questionnaires

Depending on the product, requirements, level of confidentiality, etc., materials declaration

can take different forms, to be agreed between the parties involved. However, some basic

points are common to all materials declarations and taking them into account will help to

establish a sufficient level of uniformity, thus simplifying work and reducing costs.

A materials declaration always involves at least two parties, generally the purchaser (party

demanding information) and the supplier (party supplying information). Later, other parties

may make use of the original materials declaration, such as refurbishing companies,

recyclers, exporters of second-hand equipment, etc. These third parties become in due

course the party requiring information.

A number of questions should be settled between the purchaser and the supplier before a

materials declaration can be defined. The most important ones are:

a) Which item (full product, component, part, sub-assembly, etc.) should be considered? Or

should a declaration “tree” be used: finished product and components considered
separately? If so, which level of detail is required?
b) Which criteria should be used to define substances to be declared?

c) Above which mass thresholds and/or concentrations should substances be declared?

d) Which units for quantities should be used?

These points should be settled by consensus between the purchaser and the supplier,

preferably based on consensus between all actors in the supply chain. There are cases,

however, when the purchaser may prescribe the substances to be declared and/or the mass

thresholds or concentrations, without previous discussion. This is the case when regulatory

reasons are behind the request for information.

In other cases, the choice of substances could be left to the supplier, such as when the

purchaser only states the lists of restricted substances or the criteria.

In all cases, prior to elaborating any materials declaration, a clear statement regarding the

above information in general should be provided to the supplier by the purchaser.

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