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Thinkstep Compliance

BOMcheck Substances Declarations Web Database

What the Judges Said…
“An excellent product for hazmat declarations for REACH and RoHS. It is nice to see industrial competitors working together to improve common compliance tracking and reporting requirements.”

Thinkstep Compliance’s BOMcheck is a centralized web database for substances declarations. In order to sell products globally, manufacturers need to ensure their suppliers understand, comply with, and stay up-to-date on an increasing number of substance regulations. United States-listed companies also need to collect and analyze conflict minerals data from their suppliers annually. The BOMcheck Substances Declarations Web Database is designed to save suppliers and manufacturers time and costs.

The BOMcheck Substances Declarations Web Database allows suppliers and manufacturers to share standardized tools for regulatory compliance declarations, full materials declarations, and conflict minerals declarations. Suppliers can use the database to manage their data securely, and manufacturers can download suppliers’ compliance declarations in industry standard IPC 1752A XML, PDF, or Excel formats.

Enhancements in 2017 include automated integration with Siemens Teamcenter. In response to European Chemicals Agency and European Commission requests, BOMcheck expanded in 2017 to include new regulated substances lists for medical devices and childcare products.

The BOMcheck screening published in 2017 explains why 97 of 174 REACH-regulated substances are not found in the materials in electro technical product components. The Regulatory Compliance Declaration (RCD) tool provides concise chemicals guidance and a materials risk database, which suppliers use to investigate materials in their components that are at risk of containing the remaining 77 regulated substances. This reduces supplier time and costs for REACH compliance by 64%, Thinkstep Compliance says.

Substances in the Full Materials Declaration (FMD) tool are color-coded to show substances that are currently regulated around the world and substances that are at risk of becoming regulated in the next few years. The confidentiality tools enable suppliers to restrict access to RCDs and/or FMDs to certain customers, and add new customers to confidentiality settings as needed. Suppliers can attach evidence documents to declarations.

There are several other web-based systems, but Thinkstep Compliance says that none of them allow suppliers and manufacturers to share a centralized database. Instead, each manufacturer must purchase its own system. Other systems are also more expensive than BOMcheck’s pricing structure, the company says. In addition, BOMcheck is verified as compliant to the IPC-1752A industry standard for full materials declarations.

BOMcheck is used by over 900 manufacturers to gather materials declarations from over 8,000 suppliers worldwide for millions of parts. Supplier Belden Wire & Cable says, “BOMcheck helps me to respond to the rapidly increasing list of REACH Candidate List substances and to keep my declarations up-to-date.” GE Healthcare praised BOMcheck’s simple input interface, and added that the database provides extensive help and data checking to reduce errors and highlight potential issues.

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