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. In 2017, BOMcheck expanded to include new regulated substances lists for medical devices and childcare products.
The BOMcheck screening published in 2017 explains why 97 of 173 Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulated substances are not found in materials in components of electrotechnical products. The Regulatory Compliance Declaration tool provides concise chemicals guidance and a materials risk database for suppliers to investigate materials that are at risk of containing the remaining 76 regulated substances. This reduces supplier time and costs for REACH compliance by 64%, the company says. 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 by IPC as compliant to the IPC 1752A industry standard for materials declarations while other systems are not.
In January 2016, BOMcheck became the first system to achieve compliance with new REACH compliance obligations published by the European Chemicals Agency. In February 2016, BOMcheck introduced a new materials risk database for suppliers to investigate materials in their components that are at risk of containing regulated substances. In Autumn 2016, BOMcheck was formally recognized in presentations by European Chemicals Agency at international conferences. BOMcheck is currently used by over 850 manufacturers to gather materials declarations from over 7,000 suppliers worldwide for millions of parts.