Notes from the Secretariat

Welcome to the Winter 2019 EPSMA newsletter.  We just had our 2019 AGM and Technical Committee meetings hosted by SiQ in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Despite Adria Airways going into liquidation, we had good attendance and fruitful discussions. Members can see the full meeting minutes and slides in the members’ area of the website. Contact the secretariat if you need your log in credentials resent

Q4 2019 AGM

The AGM was attended by eight MC members, with three EPSMA members and one guest. Members were given a tour of the impressive SiQ facilities before the meeting. At the meeting, Bernhard Erdl and Manfred Schlenk were respectively re-elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman. MC members who were obliged to stand down on a rotating basis were unanimously re-elected.

Paul Lee, for the secretariat, gave members an update on membership numbers, website developments, Brexit implications and EPSMA finance. During the year, the EPSMA had de-registered from VAT reporting as there was no benefit. A small financial surplus has been achieved in the year and the forecast for the 2019/2020 financial year is a similar small surplus.

The meeting agreed that the secretariat should re-send a poll to members concerning satisfaction levels with service provided by UL as constructive feedback to UL.

Paul Conway reported on the work of the Technical Committee detailed below.

The next MC meeting will be at Delta offices in Schiphol on the 12th February.

Q4 2019 Technical Committee meeting

The technical committee comprises 16 EPSMA member companies from seven countries and is regularly attended by guests. Presentations are given by members on current power topics. For example at this meeting, Francesco Di Domenico of Infineon gave a presentation on wide band-gap device comparisons, available to view in the members’ area of the website.

The TC maintains flowcharts to assist compliance with WEEE and RoHS directives. Updates had been recently posted.

Paul Conway, TC chairman gave a summary of TC activities and progress with the recently agreed TC projects:

  1. Guidelines to life time prediction for power supplies: Work has started and several chapters have already been shared for comment within the TC.
  2. Embedded software validation in power supplies: progress has been made with a ‘mind map’ type of document. A similar but more comprehensive document has recently been published by the PSMA. This has been reviewed to check for any overlap with EPSMA work.

The next TC meeting will be at Siemens offices in Nuremberg 4th May 2020


We have a ’Linkedin’ forum for members to use and a database of UL non-conformances for members to log their observations. Contact the secretariat for more details.

CE Marking Issues forum

Remember we have a forum for issues members have with “CE” marking. If you would like to share problems (and resolutions!) With other members, please contact the secretariat with details.