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IPC COMMUNITY 44 FALL 2023 IPC Standards and Electronics Sustainability SUSTAINABILITY By Kelly Scanlon, IPC Lead Sustainability Strategist W hen we look at existing IPC stan- dards, we see that most were created and intended to commu- nicate and clarify expectations for superior quality, reliability, and consistency in electronics manufacturing. At first glance, their connection to sustainability is not obvious. Yet as we continue to evaluate existing IPC standards against sustainability reporting best practices or requirements for compa- nies in the electronics value chain, there are more than a dozen IPC standards that address important and relevant sustainability topics. For example, training and education—a rel- evant and important industry sustainability topic covered by GRI standards—is repre- sented in popular IPC standards, including IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies; IPC J-STD-001, Requirements for Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies; and IPC-7711/21, Rework, Mod- ification and Repair of Electronic Assem- There's more to standards than you might think

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