FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the position of the IMDS Steering Committee towards companies in electronics that have never created an IMDS entry?
In order to accelerate the phaseout of IMDS Recommendation 019 semi-components, the IMDS Steering Committee agreed to deactivate the concerned published datasheets. Background information on the change can be found here:
Please be informed that the IMDS Steering Committee has reached an agreement together with the supplier associations to deactivate the IMDS Recommendation 019 semi-components with IMDS Release 13.0 (May 19th, 2021):
With IMDS Release 13.0 the published Recommendation IMDS019 Semi-Component MDSs (SMDSs) will be deactivated (Company ID: 102677 / Name: ZVEI-Rec019). For these SMDSs, the IMDS standard behavior for deactivated MDSs is applied. When creating an entirely new MDS the IMDS019 SMDSs cannot be found and therefore cannot be referenced anymore. New MDSs copies or versions referencing directly one of the IMDS019 SMDSs under the top node or in any component-/semi-component node created in the tree will issue an Error message. These references can be exchanged by the user. To better understand the impacts of these deactivations we have summed up the following use cases:
|Error Message in IMDS Check Procedure||
|Warning Message in IMDS Check Procedure||
The deactivation of IMDS REC019 datasheets is a major challenge to the electronics industry and it is not anticipated for customers to require all legacy REC019 containing data sheets to be updated. Updates to legacy Rec019 containing IMDS information should only be required if:
- The legacy data contains an incorrect declaration regarding a Substance of Very High Concern / GADSL listed substance
- The legacy data contains an incorrect application code for compliance purposes
- The legacy data does not allow for a correct article based threshold calculation (e.g. 0.1% w/w)
- Expressly requested by the OEM customer under a B2B agreement.
It will be reworked by the IMDS Steering Committee and the supplier associations in order to give guidance to the electronics industry. The current document can still be found in IMDS but is labelled “under revision”.
The IMDS Steering Committee is in continuous discussion with supplier association representatives. In these discussions a priority list of supportive tasks has been elaborated.
For example, a new enhancement for reporting identical components (resistors, capacitors) from different suppliers in one MDS (Multi-sourcing) is available since IMDS Release 13.0.
Furthermore, for legacy data (not produced anymore) it is still under discussion to use the Spare Part Flag to allow further referencing in these cases.
Further support will be given by a Working Group with representatives from the IMDS Steering Committee/AIAG/CLEPA/JAPIA/ZVEI in order to prepare a more comprehensive set of collaborative reporting guidelines for the electronics sector.
What is the position of the IMDS Steering Committee towards
companies in electronics that have never created an IMDS entry?
It’s the responsibility of the sourcing company to cascade the IMDS requirements.
If companies chose a supplier that is unwilling to provide the IMDS data then these companies should make sure that the supplier is able to provide them enough information to enable them to create an IMDS datasheet, describing all of the material categories, GADSL substances present and application codes present.
If a company is unable to get this information from the supplier, then it is unable to use the parts of this supplier as there is no evidence that it meets legal compliance.
The two subclassifications 8.1 and 8.2 were deactivated together with the rollout on IMDS Release 13.0 May 19, 2021.
For the concerned MDSs, the IMDS standard behavior for deactivated Material Classifications is applied. When creating an entirely new material MDS deactivated Material Classifications cannot be selected anymore. Material MDSs with invalid Material Classifications in Edit Mode generate an Error message. To better understand the impacts of these deactivations we have summed up the following use cases:
|Error Message in IMDS Check Procedure||
Material MDSs in Edit Mode created before IMDS Release 13.0 with deactivated Material Classifications assigned
Copying or creating a new version of a material MDS with deactivated Material Classifications assigned
Creating a Forwarding Copy of a material MDS with deactivated Material Classifications assigned
|No Warning or Error Message in IMDS Check Procedure||
Material MDSs as such released before IMDS Release 13.0 with deactivated Material Classifications assigned
MDSs created/released before IMDS Release 13.0 referencing any material MDSs with deactivated Material Classifications assigned
New created MDSs referencing any material MDSs with deactivated Material Classifications assigned
To avoid further use of Rec019 SMDSs throughout the supply chain, the Warning would be changed to an Error for Rec019 SMDSs in foreign and own MDS references. A date for this change has not been fixed yet. The IMDS Steering Committee is in communication with the supplier associations and will inform as soon as there will be any decisions.
With the deactivation of REC019 please remember that the following Rules and Guidelines
should not cause a rejection of the IMDS data for materials weighing <5.0g:
Rule 4.4.2.C – Most electronic materials will not be covered by a Public Norm, so MDSs
should not be rejected for this requirement.
Rule 4.4.2.D – MDSs should not be rejected for not meeting this requirement. In the next
version of REC019 an example of acceptable material names will be published but in the
interim this should not be a reason for rejection.
Norms / Standards:
Rule 4.4.2.I – this rule is optional for materials weighing <5.0g and an MDS should not
be rejected for this requirement.
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ELV and Annex
Where can I find the European ELV Directive and the latest version of Annex II?
Here you can download the EU ELV Directive 2000/53/EC (including the latest version of the Annex II, Version: 2023).
Here you can additionally find an IMDS Steering Committee document on the application changes for your support (Version: June 2016).