Setting a Standard - Reducing Supplier Burden for Materials Escalation
March 20, 2017 -- There is an increasing burden being placed on companies to declare detailed chemical substance and material information. To help alleviate this burden and to provide adequate information to help support Aerospace and Defense (A&D) product compliance and risk management efforts, the International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG®) is developing a material declaration standard for the A&D industry.
Chemical regulations and material restrictions impacting A&D companies continue to expand in scope, including the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation, conflict minerals reporting requirements required by the Dodd-Frank Act, and customer-specific requirements. Consequently, Lockheed Martin has an increasing need to understand the material content of our products down to the individual component level, including supplier provided parts and materials.
A lack of detailed material intelligence in complex products is a challenge that is impacting industry, and the global A&D industry is working together through the IAEG® to address this challenge The IAEG® is developing a materials declaration standard for the A&D industry and the major elements to support the process and its adoption into the industry.
The goal of developing a standardized A&D approach for materials declaration is to ultimately reduce the burden on our suppliers from receiving multiple disparate requests from A&D companies, in a similar way that the Automotive and Electronics industries have developed standardized approaches. We are leveraging the collective knowledge of our industry partners in order to develop a solution.
The IAEG’s ® standard approach for the declaration of chemical substances and materials in products and processes will include the following:
- A common list of chemical substances that have regulatory significance to the A&D industry; i.e., the A&D Declarable Substances List (AD-DSL)
- A substance reporting tool for the reporting of the declarable substances
- Training content to help support suppliers
Information on the IAEG® Chemical Reporting tools can be found here.
With the involvement and support of Lockheed Martin, IAEG® has been collaborating with IPC® to develop a new draft standard; i.e., IPC-1754, Materials Declaration for Aerospace and Defense and Other Industries. Once finished, the standard will support IAEG®’s goal to develop a common process which A&D companies can use to obtain product-related chemical substance and material information from the industry suppliers through structured information exchange Information on the draft IPC-1754 standard can be viewed at:
Lockheed Martin would like to engage our supplier community during the development of the A&D material declaration approach, and specifically on the development of the substance reporting tool and the IPC-1754 standard. We are looking for feedback on these draft work products. Please copy and paste the questions below into an e-mail, then provide your responses and send it to: Ashley Rubinsky or Margaret Proul.
- Are you familiar with the IPC Materials Declaration family of standards? [Y/N]
- IPC-1751A provides Generic Requirements for Declaration Process Management
- IPC-1752A provides a standard for companies in the supply chain to share information on materials in products
- What feedback (high-level) do you have on the draft IPC-1754 standard and the IAEG chemical reporting tools? [Text]
- What tools / resources would be helpful to aid with reporting to the IPC-1754 standard? [Text]