Intertek Launches New Restricted Substance Compliance Assurance Training and Implementation Programs for the Medical Equipment Industry



    CHICAGO, IL, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Intertek (www.intertek.com/rohs), the
leading provider of quality and safety solutions to a wide range of industries
worldwide, has today launched new training and implementation programs to help
the Medical Equipment Industry meet a number of new restricted substances
requirements.
    New limitations for restricted substance in medical devices worldwide
include the pending expiration of the current general exemption for medical
equipment under the European Union's RoHS legislation, requirements to
disclose Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) under the EU's new REACH
regulation, and the inclusion of medical products in the Electronic
Information Products (EIP) list for China RoHS.
    The changes will force medical device and equipment companies to convert
their products to become restricted substance (RoHS, SVHC) compliant, which
may include finding replacement parts and substances for existing components,
and change their compliance monitoring and testing across the chain of supply
and production. New compliance requirements can introduce additional costs and
slow down production or 'time-to-market' if a company can not effectively
build the changes into their supply-chains. Intertek's new training and
implementation programs are tailored to medical equipment companies and will
help them understand the new Restricted Substances laws, to comply with them,
and to do so efficiently and effectively.
    Education will be offered both on-line through Webinars and through
on-site training. The training and implementation modules will include
overviews of the Global RoHS Directives and the REACH Directives, Engineering
training to create restricted substance compliance files on products; Internal
Auditor training for RoHS Compliance and Incoming Inspection Procedures;
Supplier Auditor training to ensure Suppliers meet restricted substance
requirements; GAP Assessment and Corrective Action Plans to reach compliance;
Risk-based XRF screening programs with interpreted test results; and
Restricted Substances Process and Product Certification programs.
    Tom Rainone, General Manager of Intertek Health & Environmental Services'
CMS unit, notes that, "Intertek-CMS has helped guide the Electrical and
Electronics Industry through restricted substances compliance in recent years.
As the medical equipment industry now faces a number of new changes, we are
bringing our implementation knowledge to help them address the required
transition without interrupting their normal design and business processes."

    For additional information, please contact Tom Rainone at
thomas.rainone@intertek.com or visit www.intertek.com/rohs and
www.intertek.com/reach.

    About Intertek Health & Environmental Services

    Intertek Health & Environmental Services offers the complete solution for
health and environmental compliance, providing sound traceability systems and
strict enforcement of due diligence policies. Intertek H&E Services does more
than simply help our clients comply, we give them the competitive advantage
they desire. Intertek H&E Services offers comprehensive services for REACH,
TSCA and California Proposition 65 including on-call consulting, product
testing and analysis, legal services and corporate education appropriate for
all types and levels of business. Our training programs provide the necessary
education on technical and legal management of restricted substance compliance
requirements, and submission of Restricted Substances-related information to
customers and countries worldwide. Intertek CMS, a unit of Intertek Health &
Environmental Services, is a leader in global environmental compliance
training and compliance assurance implementation programs.

    About Intertek

    Intertek (ITRK.L) is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions
serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and
inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people
are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting
their success in the global marketplace. Intertek has the expertise, resources
and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than
1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in 110 countries around
the world.




For further information:

For further information: Joel Pekay, Global Marketing and Business
Development Director, Intertek Health and Environmental Services, (630)
481-3126, joel.pekay@intertek.com

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