The international standard IEC 62474 has been compiled by the International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) to harmonize material declaration of products of and for the electrotechnical industry.
Exchange of information on product composition worldwide
The IEC 62474 framework describes standard data format and requirements to efficiently exchange information on product composition worldwide. It takes into account that differing restrictions concerning electrical and electronical products exist in a multitude of markets. These restrictions, thresholds, reportable applications, and reporting requirements are summarized in the IEC 62474 database of declarable substance groups and substances (http://std.iec.ch/iec62474), which is kept up to date by an international validation team.
The goal of the IEC 62474 standard
Key goal of the IEC 62474 standard is to provide data to downstream manufacturers to allow them to
• Assess product compliance with respect to substance restrictions
• Use their environmentally conscious design process and impact across all product life cycle phases.
The standard supports material declarations on the level of component, product or product family and provides guidance via defined material classes and reference substances.