- Can you please clarify if FMD stands for Full Material Declarations or Full Material Disclosures? Are the terms interchangeable?
- Can we have a clarification on the Declaration of Conformity and a Declaration of Compliance?
“Full Material Declarations” or “Full Material Disclosures” are often used interchangeably. A “Full Material Disclosure” would be the act of disclosing all of the substances/materials in your product, and a “Full Material Declaration” is the actual documented declaration of substances/materials in your product. The IPC-1754 (new standard) is specifically calling it a “declaration” rather than a “disclosure” because that is the intention of the standard (a declaration of your substances).
A Declaration of Conformity is a specific document template from the EU that documents all of the regulations a product complies with for their technical documentation. A Declaration of Compliance is a statement that the product is on compliance with a specific regulation and even a template. We are asking the suppliers for a statement regarding a specific regulation usually on their letterhead which would be a Declaration of Compliance. The statement made at the beginning of the guidance means that it isn't intended to replace or define what should be in a Declaration of Conformity which has a specific set of rules, it is simply a guidance on how to interpret the regulation so you are in compliance.
EU declaration of conformity
- The EU declaration of conformity shall state that it has been demonstrated that the requirements specified in Article 4 have been met.
- The EU declaration of conformity shall have the model structure and shall contain the elements specified in Annex VI and shall be updated.
**Article contents valid as of 2017-08-23