In the hyper-competitive world of information technology, there’s an increasingly urgent demand for product stewardship, dictated by legislative and regulatory action in jurisdictions in the United States and around the world. Environmental laws and policies are continuously being written and updated, presenting manufacturers, suppliers and service providers alike with the daunting challenge of keeping pace.
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) have announced their agreement to work together on TIA’s EIATRACK online service, which tracks and analyzes pertinent environmental regulations on a global basis. ITI’s Environmental Leadership Council will provide selected content to EIATRACK and will also contribute to the ongoing enhancement of the program.
Many of ITI’s members are already subscribing to the program and some were involved in its original creation. The program was launched to enable companies to reduce their mounting costs for legal fees required to stay abreast of regulatory developments.
TIA, which owns and manages EIATRACK, employs highly-respected legal firms and technical experts to monitor and analyze regulations related to the RoHS, WEEE, REACH, EuP Directives, battery recycling, design for the environment, energy efficiency and more, for products that contain electronics, cabling, chips, plastics and other materials that are subject to compliance rules. As companies seek to export their products to countries and even at the municipal level around the world, they use EIATRACK to make the tracking task simple, from product design throughout the entire product life cycle.
“EIATRACK was created to give information technology and electronics companies a tool to cost-effectively manage their compliance with environmental regulations globally,” said Grant Seiffert, President of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). “We welcome ITI’s involvement as we work to respond to the increased concerns about compliance.”
The cost for companies to individually track and evaluate compliance regulations is astronomical. Yet, the penalties for non-compliance can be even more costly.
TIA, as the non-profit trade association for the information and communications technology industry, aims to give companies a cost-effective way to manage the challenges associated with compliance.
“ITI is pleased to partner with TIA to support EIATRACK and showcase ITI’s Environmental Leadership Council,” said Dean Garfield, ITI President and CEO. “We look forward to bringing our expertise and content to EIATRACK to help our members manage environmental priorities.”
EIATRACK is a subscription-based web service that delivers regulatory updates, detailed analyses and reports, webinars and news for more than 100 global jurisdictions, including each of the United States.
Information about free demos and trials and subscription to the service is available by contacting TIA’s Environmental Program Manager Ellen Farmer at +1.703.907.7582 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ITI’s Manager of Environmental Affairs Colleen Pickford at +1.202.626.5755.
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. With roots dating back to 1924, TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members’ products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment. TIA co-owns the SUPERCOMM® tradeshow and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit tiaonline.org.
The Information Technology Industry Council is a premier group of the nation's leading high-tech companies and widely recognized as the tech industry's most effective lobbying organization in Washington, in various foreign capitals, and the WTO.
ITI helps member companies achieve their policy objectives through building relationships with Members of Congress, Administration officials, and foreign governments; organizing industry-wide consensus on policy issues; and working to enact tech-friendly government policies. ITI works to reduce barriers that stifle innovation, increase access to global markets, promote e-commerce expansion, protect consumer choice, and enhance the global competitiveness of our companies.
The ITI Environmental Leadership Council (ELC) is a leading industry resource for product-related environmental issue advocacy, representing over 60 of the principal manufacturers of information technology equipment, wireless and consumer electronics devices, and other electronic and high-tech products and systems. The ELC is staffed by experts in key environmental policy areas, including electronics recycling, product materials content and design, and environmentally preferable purchasing.
TIA’s Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ACS, ADC, ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, ArrayComm, AttivaCorp, Avaya, Bechtel Communications, Inc., Cisco Systems, Corning Incorporated, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Graybar, Henkels & McCoy, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, Tyco Electronics, Ulticom, Inc., and Verari Systems. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates, Orca Systems and Telcordia Technologies.
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