At the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, world leaders agreed to aim to "achieve, by 2020, that chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment, using transparent science-based risk assessment procedures and science-based risk management procedures, taking into account the precautionary approach." Since then, countries around the world have been passing new laws and regulations to achieve this goal. As with the ELV Directive, Honda other manufacturers are required to conduct their business activities and sell their products in compliance with these regulations.
In response to these widespread regulatory developments, a group of German automotive manufacturers developed the International Material Data System (IMDS), a system for collecting from suppliers information on the materials that are used to make automotive parts and the chemical substances they contain. Honda uses IMDS, but also collects and manages data using an independently developed global management system called the Management System of Chemical Substances (MoCS). The flow of data using both systems is presented schematically below.
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