Quality data can overcome the threat of global regulationsAEM companies and their suppliers are successful because they manufacture quality products. Increasingly, though, marketplace success requires quality data along with quality products.

This quality-data requirement stems from decades of global regulations, e.g. REACH, RoHS and Conflict Minerals as well as Prop 65 and similar localized laws from China to California that target products. Furthermore, in the next few years, we will very likely see new requirements for detailed information related to greenhouse gases, water and other data sets, including data related to human slavery activities in supply chain operations.

Any ideas that these regulations will fade away or not be enforced should be dismissed. Whether it is the EU, China, Canada, Japan or other major markets, there is a concerted effort by governments to reduce the negative human impact of products, as well as their spiraling associated costs.

Collectively, the compliance web of product-targeting laws that impact AEM members and suppliers is very complex, very costly and very risky.

On the positive side, AEM’s Market Access Pathway (MAP) program is an industry solution that is both viable and available today. Developed by AEM in collaboration with nearly a dozen large OEMs, the MAP program provides the only cost-effective infrastructure and methodology for documenting, collecting and reporting the quality data needed for compliance.

Quality data is at the heart the MAP program. Once a quality-data program is implemented, it affords the lowest-cost and lowest-risk compliance path forward. It also provides the opportunity to leverage compliance activities and to generate sales and marketing opportunities. Finally, the same quality data can be leveraged to develop a broader sustainability program that goes well beyond compliance…optimizes resources…and is in alignment with rapidly evolving market requirements.

Given the above, AEM is introducing a series of short, to-the-point Advisor articles that highlight key aspects of a quality-data program that can be implemented in a reasonable timeframe and at a reasonable cost.

Next: Obstacles to Achieving Quality Data

For More Information

For more information, contact John Wagner, AEM Director, Materials Management (jwagner@aem.org, tel: 414-298-4164).