Pb-Free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council

There is no electronics market sector currently immune from Pb-free. Ask yourself the following questions:

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  • Is my company already dealing with Pb-free electronics?
  • Are Pb-free electronics on my horizon?
  • Do we build products for any of the following harsh environments?
    • military
    • aerospace
    • automotive
    • medical
  • Do our products require a long service life?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, there is a FREE and open global industry consortium available to help you and your company – the Pb-Free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council.

PERM Council Mission Statement

The goal of PERM is to provide overarching leadership and coordination of government and industry Pb-free electronics risk management activities to leverage the commercial supply chain for the aerospace, defense and high performance electronics communities.

PERM Council responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate long-term aerospace, defense and high-performance electronics strategies and tactics to effectively deal with Pb-free electronics issues
  • Develop and coordinate risk management approaches for the transition to Pb-free electronics that maintains:
    • safety
    • performance
    • reliability
    • affordability

PERM Participants

View the current PERM Council Roster.

Upcoming PERM Council Meeting Dates

The Council discusses lead-free conversion issues related to the safety, performance, reliability and affordability of electronics in the aerospace, defense, medical and other high-performance markets at several technical meetings throughout the year.  Upcoming PERM meeting dates include the following:

The Pb-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council Meeting No. 45
A Virtual Zoom Conference
27 – 29 October 2020

Contact: John Perry

The Pb-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council Meeting No. 46
Co-Located with IPC APEX-Expo 2021
11 – 12 March 2021
San Diego, CA USA

Registration Information Coming Soon

PERM Documentation and Specifications

The output of PERM participants has led to the generation of effective working documents, issues papers and direct communication with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) officials as well as industry leaders.  The following PERM documents for purchase may be found by way of search parameters.

GEIA-STD-0005-1 Performance Standard for Aerospace and High Performance Electronic Systems Containing Lead-Free Solder

GEIA-STD-0005-2 Standard for Mitigating the Effects of Tin in Aerospace and High Performance Electronic Systems

GEIA-STD-0005-3 Performance Testing or Aerospace and High Performance Electronics Containing Lead-Free Solders and Finishes

GEIA-HB-0005-1 Program Management/Systems Engineering Guidelines for Managing the Transition to Lead-Free Electronics

GEIA-HB-0005-2 Technical Guidelines for Aerospace and High Performance Electronic Systems Containing Lead-Free Solder

GEIA-HB-005-3 Rework and Repair Handbook to Address the Implications of Lead-Free Electronics and Mixed Assemblies in Aerospace and High Performance Electronic Systems

Free additional PERM position papers and white papers can be downloaded from the IPC website:

IPC-WP-012, Pb-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council Pb-free Research Priorities – FREE DOWNLOAD

IPC-WP-014(D)FPb-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council Position on the Use of Pb-free Electronics in the Aerospace, Defense and High Performance Electronic Industries – FREE DOWNLOAD

Industry Related Documentation

Members of the PERM Council have had an active role in related Pb-free documentation published by other organizations, including the following:

Aerospace Industries AssociationJoint Government and Industry Executive Form for Lead (Pb)-free Electronics Recommendations

Defense Acquisition University

Foresite, Inc.What is Electrochemical Migration – Dendrite Shorting of Electronic Circuits?

PERM Task Group Structure and Online Workspace Sites
Requires IPC log-in and password

PERM is organized to provide industry leadership across several dedicated task teams and advisory groups that are free and open to industry membership.  The PERM Council uses the web-based IPC KAVI document management system which allows Council members to create, revise, and distribute documents in real-time fashion among these task teams:

PERM Pb-free Electronics Risk Management (PERM) Council KAVI page
PERM Global Advocacy Task Group
PERM Training Task Group
PERM Pb-free Processes and Controls Task Group
PERM Research Coordination and Technical Guidance Task Group
PERM Communication Task Group
PERM Self-Mitigation of Tin by SMT Task Group

Tin Whisker Risk Model Spreadsheet

Developed by BAE Systems under funding from the DoD Strategic Environmental Research Program (SERDP), a Tin Whisker Risk Model Spreadsheet has been developed that can be used to calculated the expected number of tin whisker shorts on one or more leaded components, based on user-specified part and lead geometry, whisker density, tin whisker length distribution, applied voltage, and conformal coating coverage.  This tool is being provided by the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) and can be accessed at https://web.calce.umd.edu/tin-whiskers/spreadsheet/

Consider Joining the PERM Council Today

Joining the PERM Council is FREE and there are no obligations.  To request participation in one or more of these PERM task groups, or for additional questions related to PERM, contact:

John Perry, Director, PCB Standards and Technology; IPC PERM Council staff liaison
Office: +1 847-597-2818