Events, etc.

Upcoming Events

June 24-25: Boston, MA Chemicals Management for Electronics USA 2024. Finally, a live, in-person Chemical Watch conference in the USA! DCA will present on dealing with plastic additives and chair a session on sustainability. Clients can contact us for a discount.

Stay Tuned! More to come!

Past Events

December 6-7, 2023: Virtual - Global Chemicals Management for Electronics 2023. Chemical Watch virtual conference. DCA will host a panel discussion: Balancing trade offs in electronics product design. Clients can contact us for a discount.

Check out DCA's fireside chat with Canon Europe from the conference!

November 9, 2023: Webinar - PFAS Restrictions in Electronics: What You Need to Know. We're holding another webinar with Z2Data! If you're asking "what are PFAS, why are they a problem, who's regulating them, and what should I do about it?" then we've got the free webinar for you.

February 22, 2023: Webinar - How to start Your Own Sustainability Management Consultancy. Interested in consulting in the sustainability space? Mike is on a panel in this webinar hosted by the Presidio Graduate School.

February 14, 2023: Webinar - Substance-related Environmental Regulatory Updates: EU RoHS, Conflict Minerals, Stockholm Convention, and Others. We're holding another webinar with Z2Data! This will touch on upcoming changes in substance-related regulatory requirements and actions that will impact electronics including EU and China RoHS, the Stockholm Convention, and others.

December 13-14, 2022: Virtual - Chemicals Management for Electronics. Chemical Watch virtual conference. DCA will cover new and updated requirements in a variety of US states. Clients can contact us for a discount.

September 15, 2022: Webinar - Environmental Compliance: Ask the Experts Webinar. Check this out! We have a GREAT panel of experts at this webinar hosted by Greensoft Technology.

July 26, 2022: Webinar - Circularizing the Electronics Industry: Changes Coming to RoHS, REACH, EcoDesign, and More. We're holding a webinar with Z2Data on all the changes a-foot in the European Union that will upend the electronics industry's approach to product definition, design, manufacture, and supply chain.

June 6-8, 2022: Reston, VA 26th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Our session this year is called Sustainable Chemistry in Electronics. Join us either in fabulous Reston, VA or online for another fascinating and informative session - and attend the rest of this enlightening conference too.

Sept. 21-23, 2021: Virtual - Global Electronics Summit. Three days covering the hottest and most important topics from around the globe in the electronics chemical substance management world! Hear directly from regulators, experts, indusry associations, suppliers, and manufacturers

June 15, 2021: Virtual - 25th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Along with Intel and the US EPA, we chair a session on Sustainable Production and Circularity in the Electronics Supply Chain. With a fee of only $75 and speakers from Intel, Google, IBM, NGOs and academics we are bringing you a solid day of green chemistry and electronics!

May 26, 2021: Webinar - Electronics & The EU's Circular Economy. Free webinar on where we're heading with the electronics focus of the European Commission's Circular Economy project. Now available for download!

April 28, 2021: Webinar - 2021 Updates for Environmental Regulatory Compliance in the Electronics Industry. Join Z2Data and Michael Kirschner, President of Design Chain Associates, to gain knowledge about the upcoming changes in environmental compliance of electronics such as EU RoHS, EU REACH, SCIP, Packaging regulations, and more. Additionally, learn more about Stockholm Convention/POPs, Circular Economy, and other electronics regulations that are in effect or are on the horizon.

Nov. 12-13, 2020: Virtual - Chemicals Management for Electronics USA 2020. Mike chairs Day 1 and gives two talks: one on RoHS-like requirements in North America and Europe outside the EU, and another on getting to a circular product lifecycle process.

July 7-8, 2020: Virtual - Chemicals Management for Electronics Europe 2020. Mike discusses what manufacturers based outside of California must understand about California Proposition 65 and how to ensure products sold in California comply with its requirements.

June 15-19, 2020: Seattle, WA 24th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. The 2020 GC&E Conference will be presented as a virtual meeting, June 15-19, 2020. The virtual GC&E Conference will be made available free of charge to the global community.

November 19/20, 2019: Webinar. Chemistry & Circularity: Lessons Learned from the Plastic Sector. Mike and Lauren Heine discuss circularity issues in synthetic rubber industry and what's to learn from the plastics sector.

September 23, 2019: San Francisco, CA. 2019 Prop 65 Conference. Mike participates on a panel called "From Raw Materials to the Store's Shelf: How Can You Be Sure You're Compliant?"

September 16-17, 2019: Boston, MA. Chemicals Management for Electronics & Electricals USA 2019. After successful conferences in San Francisco and Brussels, we will co-chair this important conference in New England. Attend to network and for a comprehensive view on the forces driving chemical-related product and business model changes in the electronics industry.

July 23, 2019: Webinar: The end of plastics in electronics? What could possibly bring about the end of plastics in electronics and what must electronics manufacturers and the chemical industry do about it? Along with Dr. Lauren Heine, Director of Safer Materials and Data Integrity with MaterialWise, we will try to address those questions in this free webinar.

June 24-25, 2019: Santa Clara, CA. ANSI June 2019 Company Member Forum. The ANSI Company Member Forum will be at Qualcomm's Silicon Valley headquarters this year. Topics include China standards, trade agreements, internal management of standards, government affairs, 5G, sustainability and the circular economy (chaired by DCA), and more.

June 11-13, 2019: Reston, VA. ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Come to fabulous Reston, VA, learn about where green chemistry is in use, where invention is needed, and network with the leaders in the field. We will have a short session focused on battery and photovoltaic technologies, as well as a call-to-arms for invention.

May 6-8, 2019: San Jose, CA. 2019 IEEE Symposium on Product Safety Engineering. Mike will present on two topics: first, he will discuss why a new product safety discipline is needed; second, he will present a wide ranging update on the European Union's REACH regulation and its impact on electrical and electronic equipment manufacturers.

May 6, 2019: Sonoma, CA. 2019 ISEA Executive Summit. Mike will present "a riveting discussion on disruption in global regulations"...then drive rapidly down to San Jose!

April 23, 2019: Webinar: EU RoHS: A Comprehensive Update. DCA presents a two-hour webinar covering the European Union RoHS Directive, covering the basics - and how they are changing - along with what is yet to come. Buy the recorded version of the slides and webinar here on our RoHS page.

March 28, 2019: Brussels, Belgium Chemicals Management for the Electronics Industry. We co-chair the conference, talk about long-term challenges with plastics, and co-moderate an industry panel at this one-day long session in Brussels, a day before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. An exciting conference during an exciting time in Brussels. Plan to attend!

February 15, 2019: UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA The Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond 2019. Spend a day learning about PFAs and Flame Retardants at Green Science Policy Institute's annual symposium in Berkeley. DCA discusses "Flame Retardants in Electronics: Is Fire Safety versus Health Safety a False Dilemma?" What do you think?

February 12, 2019: Webinar: Product Environmental and Health Safety: A New Discipline. We get philosophical in this webinar - Should "product stewardship" be formalized and directed into - at least partially - a "product safety" discipline?

December 3-4, 2018: Montreal, Canada. WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE ELECTRONICS: MATERIALS, PROCESSES AND DEVICES. "This workshop aims at connecting academic research and industry on the theme of sustainable electronics. The field is in its infancy despite the urgent need to (i) improve the management of electrical and electronic waste (WEEE) and (ii) re-think the supply chain in the electronics industry in terms of environmental and social regulations." Fascinating. Join us as we meet in sub-freezing temperatures!!

November 8-9, 2018: San Francisco, CA. Chemicals Management for Electronics and Electricals USA 2018. Join us at the first such conference of its kind in North America in a very long while! Come to meet with your peers, learn what's going on, and participate!

June 18-20, 2018: Portland, OR. ACS Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Mike co-chairs what is sure to be an epic session on the electronics industry and its supply chain with Leo Kenny of Intel. Come to hear what THE Green Chemistry luminaries and major industry leaders have to say about implementation in the electronics supply chain.

May 14-16, 2018: San Jose, CA. 2018 IEEE Symposium on Product Safety Engineering. Mike will discuss the relationship between Product Safety Engineering and Product Environmental/Human Health Safety and Compliance.

February 26-27, 2018: San Francisco, CA. ChemicalWatch's AsiaHub Summit USA. Mike will present two recent case studies of compliance failures, and what you can do to make sure your company is not the next one.

December 13, 2017: Santa Clara, CA. Mike covers the CPSC Ban on Organohalogen Flame Retardants in Electronics Casings at this month's IEEE Product Safety Engineering Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter meeting.

November 21-22, 2017: Singapore. ChemicalWatch's Regulatory Summit Asia 2017. Mike provides updates on China RoHS 2 as well as California Proposition 65.

July 18, 2017: Webinar: United Arab Emirate's New RoHS Legislation - A Regulatory Update. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the latest region to adopt EU RoHS-like legislation, but is set to present its own compliance challenges for electrical and electronics manufacturers. Click the link to watch the archived version.

June 22, June 29 and July 6, 2017: Webcast Series: Online Premiere Six Classes Videos - Healthier Products, Healthier People The Six Classes of Chemicals of Concern. Each hour-long webcast will feature three short videos and live conversation with distinguished scientists and thought leaders. Learn more about the science of the Six Classes, where they are used, why they are harmful, and how to reduce their use in everyday products. Mike Kirschner of DCA will participate in the final webcast on July 6.

June 13 - 15, 2017: Reston, VA. DCA co-hosts the Connecting the Green Chemistry Supply Chain to Design in the Electronics Industry session at the ACS GCI' Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference. Submit a presentation propsal through February 13!!!

February 15, 2017: San Diego, CA. DCA talks about articles under REACH at IPC's APEX EXPO 2017.

October 27-28, 2016: Arlington, VA. DCA will present an update on China RoHS at Chemical Watch's Regulatory Summit USA 2016.

September 7-8, 2016: Hong Kong. DCA will present an update on China RoHS at Chemical Watch's Regulatory Summit Asia 2016.

July 12, 2016: San Francisco, CA. DCA will present on the topic of dealing with supply chain challenges for complex semiconductor manufacturing equipment at the SEMICON West Sustainable Manufacturing Forum.

June 14, 2016: Portland, OR. DCA, along with Green Electronics Council, leads a session called Green Chemistry in the Semiconductor and Electronics Supply Chain at the Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, which runs from June 14-16.

April 7, 2016: Herndon, VA. IPC's The Changing Landscape of REACH Workshop. DCA will lead the half-day workshop.

March 17, 2016: Las Vegas, NV. IPC's The Changing Landscape of REACH Workshop. This will be in conjunction with The IPC APEX EXPO! DCA will lead the half-day workshop.

March 8, 2016: 8am PDT: Free Webinar! Actions & Uncertainties: China RoHS 2. Sign up today!

January 12, 2016: InfoCast's Safer Consumer Products Briefing in San Diego, CA. DCA will moderate the Alternatives Analysis Updates panel. Update: DCA did not make it to this; Gradient stepped in and did an excellent job moderating.

November 5, 2015 9am EDT / 2pm BST: IPC Webinar! REACH Articles Update. I will cover the meaning of the European Court of Justice's ruling, the background, impact on both component and finished goods manufacturers, as well as next steps. Free for IPC members and a nominal fee for non-members.

Be sure to read my article on the topic on TTI's MarketEYE site for a preview!

October 22, 2015 9am EDT / 2pm BST: Free Webinar! How to Select Software for Product Compliance Programs, with iPoint. If you've been hesitant to invest in software to support your compliance and environmental/social performance efforts, or if you are unhappy with your current system, it's time to step up.

October 20, 2015 11am PDT / 2pm EDT: Free Webinar! How to Select Software for Product Compliance Programs, with iPoint. If you've been hesitant to invest in software to support your compliance and environmental/social performance efforts, or if you are unhappy with your current system, it's time to step up.

October 8, 2015: American Center for Life Cycle Assessment's LCA XV in Vancouver, BC. DCA will participate in the Life Cycle Assessment and Alternatives Assessment Workshop.

September 28, 2015: American National Standards Institute Company Member Forum in Washington, DC. DCA will discuss opportunities for standards in product environmental performance and sustainability.

September 22-24, 2015: Green Electronics Council's Emerging Green Conference in Portland, OR. DCA was in the "Tools You Can Use" session on the 22nd discussing full material disclosure (FMD). The presentation is available here.

July 16, 2015: Semicon West Sustainable Supply Chains in San Francisco, CA. DCA discusses Practical Lessons in regulatory compliance, including not waiting to get regulated.

June 12, 2015: ITI & IPC Conference on Emerging & Critical Environmental Product Regulations in Milpitas, CA. DCA, in a last-minute addition to the agenda, will update attendees on the latest EU REACH regulation happenings.

In January 2015 Michael Kirschner presented a webinar for Compliance & Risks on the topic of Compliance Management & the Product Lifecycle. You can download and view it for free by signing up here.