Under Section 1502 of the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), companies listed on the U.S. Stock Exchange must annually declare the origin of tin, tantalum, gold and tungsten in their products, including electronics. The first reporting deadline is May 2014 for products manufactured in 2013.

Regardless of whether Dodd-Frank applies to your company, your global customers are likely already turning to you for information about conflict minerals in the products you provide to them.

Manufacturers that do not want to be caught off guard by a European Union (EU) conflict minerals regulation can learn about upcoming legislation directly from key government officials and hear what industry leaders are doing to prepare for compliance with EU and U.S. laws at IPC's "Conflict Minerals: Complying with EU and US Laws Conference," which is planned for October 23 in Brussels.

Signe Ratso, director of trade strategy and analysis and market access, DG Trade, European Commission, will provide attendees with insight into the EU regulations that the Commission will propose later this fall. In addition, David Engvall, partner at the leading U.S. law firm Covington and Burling will provide details on the U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and how it impacts companies in the EU.

Panelists from Ericsson, Phillips, Rolls-Royce and TE Connectivity will discuss their companies’ strategies for complying with conflict minerals requirements.

Other topics to be covered during the one-day conference include an overview on the history of conflict minerals and the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as well as the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas document.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit www.ipc.org/eu-conflict-minerals or contact Fern Abrams at fernabrams@ipc.org or 847-597-2952.