As for products, legislation relating to chemical substances in products is becoming more stringent, and communication and disclosure of chemical information in the EU supply chain are mandatory under the REACH Regulations. Panasonic Group has developed own management system for chemical substances in products based on industrystandard information handling methods in order to respond to a wide range of regulations and requirements.
In January 2017, we renewed the system to adopt chemSHERPA,*1 the new format for information handling of chemical substances in products led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). With the expansion of Panasonic Group's automotive business, we also adopted the JAMA/JAPIA sheet,*2 the standard material data format for the Japanese automotive industry, in order to respond to increasingly complex and diverse regulations covering chemical substances used in products. In addition, to strengthen the response to laws and regulations on chemical substances in products relevant to our automotive businesses, in October 2020 we enhanced the function to operate in conjunction with IMDS*3, the standard system for the global automobile industry.
Furthermore, under the EU Waste Framework Directive, the requirements for information disclosure on substances of very high concern (SVHC*4) to waste disposal companies and consumers have been enhanced, and registration of SVHCs with the SCIP*5 database of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has become compulsory (starting on January 5, 2021). For handling registration with the SCIP database, we have strengthened the system-based coordination of information and started registration via the system.