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ITU-T L.1101 (03/2014)

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Measurement methods to characterize rare metals in information and communication technology goods
Information and communication technology (ICT) goods, which consist of many parts and modules, are comprised of relatively small quantities of rare metals and larger quantities of major materials (e.g., iron, nonferrous metals, plastics, glasses, and engineering ceramics). They are usually produced through complex production procedures. To achieve successful recycling systems, the rare metals information provided by manufacturers should be accurate. However, many measurement and characterization methods may be used to obtain information on rare metals for elements of ICT goods. Each method has its own intrinsic advantages and disadvantages in the analysis of the information of such elements.
The element separation capabilities and quantitative resolutions differ according to the measurement methods used and there are no standardized measurement methods to define the quantities and qualities of rare metals. However, IEC 62321 provides some guidelines for X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) measurement methods to perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of unknown samples and harmful materials.
Based on the guidelines of IEC 62321, Recommendation ITU-T L.1101 provides reference characterization procedures for efficient recycling of rare metals by using XRF and ICP-MS measurement methods.
Approval date: 2014-03-22
Provisional name:L.rareMetals-measurement
Approval process:AAP
Status: In force
Maintenance responsibility: ITU-T Study Group 5
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1 L.1101 (03/2014) In force