In recent years, companies, particularly those in the automotive and electronics markets, have been faced with an onslaught of new regulatory pressures. The most notable of these has been the material compliance requirements presented by the WEEE, RoHS and ELV directives from Europe, and the equally challenging initiatives that have emerged and are still emerging in California, China and Korea. While the existing European directives have created the need for companies to manage a new set of product data, the newest requirements from around the globe are furthering the case for effective and cost efficient methods for managing product compliance information. These regulations are aimed at reducing the amount of hazardous materials contained in new products and ensuring that these materials are recyclable at the end of their product lifecycle. Under these new regulations, manufacturers must implement processes to collect, integrate, analyze and report detailed materials and substance data related to all new products.