IMDS Recommendation 019

Get Ready: IMDS Recommendation 019 Will Be Deactivated Soon

IMDS Recommendation 019 (REC 019) was created to ease the data submission process for electronic components in the automotive industry and has long been in place. In September of this year, the IMDS Steering Committee voted unanimously to make REC 019 obsolete. While the timeline for the deactivation of REC 019 is still undetermined, you […]

Comprehensive Building Equipment Information — Available at a Click

People often think of buildings as a singular unit. In their completion, in fairness, they look that way. But as building owners and managers, you know there are hundreds of individual systems that make a building functional.   And when one of those systems breaks down or needs maintenance, it can be a headache tracking down the […]

Is the Automotive Industry Prepared to Comply with the SCIP?

ECHA is moving towards using the Substances of Concern in articles or in complex objects [Products] database (SCIP) to regulate the gathering of information regarding hazardous materials, but the automotive industry already has a system in place to do the same thing: International Material Database System (IMDS). Will this help the automotive industry be more […]

The Circular Economy Is Looping Around for all EU Manufacturing and Importers In 2021

Preparations for the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) database are gathering steam, especially with the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA’s) recently published “Detailed information requirements for the SCIP database.” Under Article 9 of the WFD, ECHA is required to have the SCIP database in place by 5 January 2020 and ready for data submission beginning 5 […]


Is the UK crashing out of the EU on 31st October?

Three years have passed since UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016 by a majority of 51.9% to 48.1%. Despite the UK triggering Article 50 to initiate the formal exit process with a leave date set for the 29 March 2019, the UK remains within the EU until at least the extended […]


Stifle Commercial Kitchen Fires with Compliance

Fires are ravaging commercial kitchens across the service industry, burning through safety, productivity and profits. In fact, in the UK during 2017/2018, there were 1,638 reported commercial fires within food and drink premises which were believed to have originated from kitchens ( Statistics Restaurant Owners Should Know During 2006-2010, an estimated average of 7,640 structure […]

AIAG Conference Compliance Expert

Tetra Tech Compliance Expert to Present at Upcoming AIAG Conference

Project manager Mayrie Eckermann will be presenting at the AIAG 2019 IMDS and Product Chemical Compliance Conference, October 16–17. Eckermann’s presentation, entitled “Data Quality Improvements,” will dive into an issue plaguing manufacturers and their suppliers: collecting and improving the quality of their data information — and acceptance of streamlined IMDS submission. Specifically, the presentation will take audience […]

EU importer

No Data? In 2020, That Means No Market.

The dynamics of global regulatory compliance are shifting rapidly. Companies are watching the EU market particularly closely, asking: Will these upcoming changes threaten my access to this huge market? For an answer, we direct you to Article 5 of the European Union’s REACH Regulation (EC1907/2006), which is prefaced with the catchy phrase, “No Data, No Market.” In this regulation, legislators didn’t direct their enforcement approach exclusively toward audits, fines, […]

UK REACH compliance

Your Options for UK REACH Compliance

As a chemical importer into the United Kingdom, Brexit poses many challenges and uncertainties for your REACH obligations. If a deal is struck between the UK and the European Union, EU REACH should continue in the UK with an implementation period of 6-24 months to UK REACH. But if the hard-stop Brexit scenario does occur on […]

EU Phthalate Regulations

The Implications of EU Phthalate Restrictions

Phthalates are a family of substances commonly used in many plastics today, enhancing everyday products with flexibility and endurance. They were a scientific breakthrough that had been a win-win for everyone. Yet, now with greater understanding, phthalates have been classified as a Category 1B reprotoxin (endocrine disruptors) and thus have been the subject of many […]