Toxics in Packaging

Both the EU Waste Directive and U.S. CONEG/TPCH Standard concern the presence of heavy metals in packaging. The sum concentration of lead, cadmium, mercury, and hexavalent chromium present in any packaging materials (cartons, display packaging, plastic bags, etc) does not exceed 100 ppm by weight as specified in Directive 94/62/EC. For products shipping to the U.S., exemptions may be applicable as per the CONEG/TPCH standard.

For more information on the EU Waste Directive, click [here]. For more information on the U.S. CONEG/TPCH Standard, click [here]

Making a Toxics in Packaging Declaration in the Supplier Portal 

To complete the declaration, you must first have received the campaign email.

  1. Review the Toxics in Packaging regulation details: 



  2. Use the checkboxes to select individual Parts and click Declare # Selected Parts:



    Or click Declare for # Parts to declare for all visible Parts:



  3. Respond to the following question:



    Depending on your answers to the questions presented, you may need to answer additional questions or provides details to support your response. For example: 



  4. When you have finished responding to the required questions, click Continue

  5. If necessary, repeat the declaration process for any remaining parts and click Continue to submit your declaration(s). 

    If you do not click Continue on the main page, your declaration will not be submitted. 

  6. On the Declaration Complete page, you can submit optional feedback on the declaration process. 

Making a Legacy TPCH Declaration in the Supplier Portal 

The Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) Legislation is a United States (U.S.) legislation that calls for a reduction in the use of lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium in packaging or packaging materials used or sold within some U.S. states. The law prohibits the intentional use of those four heavy metals during the manufacturing and distribution phases, and requires manufacturers and distributors to reduce the concentration of these chemicals in their goods or packaging to less than 100 parts per million.

Manufacturers and suppliers of packaging must be able to provide a certificate of compliance to the purchasers of their goods, as well as to state agencies and the public, upon request.

Once you receive the relevant campaign email, you can make the declaration.

  1. Review the regulation details page:



    Under the Resources sidebar, click:
    Create IPC-1752A XMLto open the FMDComplete tool in a new browser window, allowing you to build a Class A, Class C, or Class D IPC-1752A declaration, which generates in XML format
    View Substance List to initiate the download of an Excel file containing the Prop 65 substance list

  2. From the part list displayed, either: 

    Use the checkboxes to select individual Parts and click Declare # Selected Parts:



    OR

    Click the Declare for # Parts button to declare for all visible Parts: 



  3. On the Select Declaration window, choose whether the part(s) Does Not Contain Substances Above Threshold or Contains Substances Above Threshold:



    For parts that Contains Substances Above Threshold, the Edit Substances window will open to allow users to enter one or more substances that are included in the part:



    To enter a substance:
    a) Click the Substance field and type a Substance Name or CAS Number to search
    b) Click the Substance to select it
    c) Enter a Concentration (%) for the selected substance
    d) Enter where in the Product the Substance is located using the Contained In field. 
    e) Click the [+] button to add the substance to the part

    Once you have added all relevant substances, click Next to proceed to the Upload Supporting Documentation window

  4. On the Upload Supporting Documentation, choose the type of supporting documentation you are uploading: 



  5. Use the calendar to choose the date this supporting documentation was created.

  6. Click Attach File to open the File Explorer and click Open to upload the document. 

    You can upload multiple files using this window.

  7. When you have finished uploading your supporting documentation, click OK.

  8. Upon returning to the part declaration screen, complete the declaration process for any remaining parts:



  9. Click Continue to proceed to the next modules.

  10. Once all Declarations are complete, click Continue to proceed to the Feedback page. 
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