Since the REACH Regulation*1, a European regulatory framework on chemical substances, affects the entire supply chain, manufacturers of materials, chemicals and parts that are upstream and middle-stream manufacturers are required to provide information from each of their clients. In such cases, if common rules, formats and a database that can be shared by all manufacturers are available, information on chemical substances can be effectively and smoothly distributed and disclosed across the entire supply chain. The Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP) is an organization founded on the notion that the development and dissemination of a common industrywide communication system for sharing information on chemical substances contained in articles*2 will enhance the competitiveness of the industry. With manufacturers of electrical machinery, chemicals, and precision machinery involved, JAMP is said to be the world’s first industrywide organization of its kind.
One of the major missions of JAMP is to create the Material Safety Data Sheet plus (MSDS plus) and the Article Information Sheet (AIS)*3, which are basic sheets used for the communication of information on chemical substances contained in products. JAMP has signed a memorandum for JAMP activities with Thai, Malaysian, Korean and Taiwanese government agencies. By taking actions such as the signing of these memorandums, JAMP aims to promote the global use of the information communication sheets and to help supply chains to meet global standards appropriately. Ricoh, agreeing with the purpose of JAMP, joined the consortium as a promoter company. Ricoh has played an important role in JAMP since its inception as a member of both the Project Planning & Implementation Committee and the Internationalization Planning & Implementation Committee, aiming to support the administrative work for the operation of the organization and to improve the international harmonization of the system.
A global portal system (JAMP-GP) administered by the Japan Environmental Management Association For Industry (JEMAI) allows the registration and sharing of information on chemical substances kept or used by each manufacturer. As a result, JAMP-GP eliminates the need for each manufacturer to establish its own information service system and allows manufacturers to effectively comply with regulations.
The Ricoh Group can use RaVender-Net (Networking for Venders and Ricoh), the Group’s information communication network for suppliers, in combination with JAMP-GP, for sharing information with suppliers. Through its information distribution activities and activities conducted in cooperation with JAMP, the Ricoh Group will contribute to the realization of a society in which the impact of chemical substances on the environment is minimized.
JAMP's system for the communication of information on chemical substances contained in articles
AIS is acommunication sheet that JAMP standardized for providing information on chemical substances contained in articles. JAMP recommends using the sheet to deliver to downstream manufacturers data related to articles, including mass, material, and part (in which part of the article the chemical substance is used). Data on regulated substances should also be included if contained in articles, including content level, name, content amount and concentration.
The downstream manufacturers receive MSDS or MSDSplus, which are also JAMP communication sheets, from upstream manufacturers that include information on chemical substances involved in their processes. The downstream manufacturers process the obtained data, reflecting changes in substances causedby their manufacturing process, and convey the revised data using an AIS to the manufacturers further down the stream. An AIS for an article built up of multiple components can be prepared by integrating allevery AISfor each component. The purpose of the AIS is to convey information on regulated substances that might remain in finished articles above the permissible level, along the entire supply chain from upstream to downstream. This is a key tool—combined with MSDSplus and component AIS, which can be integrated into one for an article consisting of multiple components—to complete the chemical substance information communication system proposed by JAMP for extended usage across industries and business types.