Ten publishers have come together to create PIPS (The Publishing Industry Product Safety Forum) in response to changing chemical safety legislation. Examples of this legislation are the European Commission’s REACH and Toy Safety Directive, which contain stringent requirements on what chemicals can be brought into and used in Europe, and in what quantities.
The strategy behind PIPS is to create a database that captures information on the chemicals contained within a publisher’s books. The PIPS database has been developed as a method of capturing information at each level of the printing process, and combining this information to develop a full Bill of Materials (BoM) for a book that can be shared amongst printers and publishers.
As a major supplier, it is Toppan's responsibility to supply information on the materials it uses. This requires a high level of co-operation with its own supply network to provide all the necessary documentation for major components such as ink, paper and glues, plus the wide range of non-standard novelty items used throughout our book manufacturing. This is challenging in itself due to the range of both large and small scale cross-industry suppliers that Toppan uses.
Toppan’s reaction to new guidelines issued by PIPS has been swift, and we are working together to meet new EU legislation. From 20 July 2011, publishers must be able to show the make- up of all the components of children’s books they import and sell in Europe. Displaying joint responsibility to meet the new legislation, Toppan is helping our customers comply with this new directive by helping trace and make available all the required component information and documentation.
To learn more about PIPS, please visit the PIPS website.