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Thinkstep Compliance Limited: BOMcheck Substances Declarations Web Database

Managing chemical inventory information with respect to compliance is a major activity in companies. BOMcheck solves the problem of submitting supplier data one time and sharing it with many different customers. It can be part a larger corporate and supply chain initiative to reduce the use of hazardous substances.

Thinkstep Compliance Limited’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. U.S.-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 time and costs.

BOMcheck stays updated with the strictest regulation for each relevant substance, Thinkstep Compliance Limited says. It provides tools, training, and chemicals guidance to help suppliers create and share standardized, high quality declarations. Suppliers and manufacturers share one tool and one web database system. The tool provides access to regulatory compliance declarations, full materials declarations, and conflict minerals declarations. The web database system allows suppliers to manage their data securely, and manufacturers can download suppliers compliance declarations in standard formats.

Substances in the Full Materials Declaration tool are color-coded to show substances that are 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 their Regulatory Compliance Declarations and Full Materials Declarations to certain customers, and to add new customers to confidentiality settings at any time. Suppliers can also attach test reports or other documentation to support their materials declarations.

The 2015 BOMcheck screening explains why 95 of 168 Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulated substances are not found in materials and articles in the electrotechnical industry. The Regulatory Compliance Declaration tool provides concise chemicals guidance for suppliers to identify materials and articles that are at risk of containing the remaining 73 regulated substances. If the guidance indicates the supplier parts are not at risk, then suppliers can claim compliance without additional efforts.

There are several other web-based systems, but none of them allow suppliers and manufacturers to share a centralized database, according to Thinkstep Compliance Limited. Instead, each manufacturer purchases its own system to gather data separately from its own suppliers. The other systems are also expensive in comparison to BOMcheck’s pricing structure, the company says. In addition, BOMcheck is verified as compliant to the IPC 1752A industry standard for materials declarations while other systems are not.

The BOMcheck Substance List Working Group implements the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) 2015 REACH Regulation recommendations for the electrotechnical industry, and reduces supplier time and effort for REACH compliance by 66%, according to the company. In January 2016, BOMcheck became the first system to achieve compliance with the new REACH compliance obligations published by ECHA in December 2015, the company says. In February 2016, BOMcheck began including a materials risk database that helps suppliers investigate compliance risks.

Currently more than 750 manufacturers use BOMcheck to gather materials declarations from over 5,500 suppliers worldwide for several million parts.