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The European Commission has made an amendment (EU) 2018/851 to the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) which requires the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) to establish a database for data submission. This database aims to ensure the presence of SVHCs are available throughout the whole life cycle of products and materials, including the waste stage, and promote alternatives towards hazardous substances in articles and complex objects imported to EU market. The database is called Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products) (SCIP) database.

The SCIP database will add to existing requirements under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. This more detailed requirement is part of the EU’s ongoing effort to establish a circular economy, in which the value of the raw materials used to create products is maintained beyond the initial lifespan.

From January 5, 2021 onwards, EU producers and importers, assemblers and distributers of articles containing above 0.1% w/w of a SVHC on the Candidate List shall submit a notification to the SCIP database. Information required to be submitted include the following:

  • Product information which allows the identification of articles
  • Name, concentration and location of SVHC
  • Information needed for safe use of articles

Currently, a SCIP database prototype is available on the ECHA website in which companies can use this to familiarize themselves on this newest requirement. The formal prototype is expected to be released in October this year, and any test data that is submitted to the prototype during this period will be deleted before the official launch.

This new obligation of the Waste Framework Directive will be transposed into national law of each EU Member states, and each EU Member states will implement enforcements on this obligation. 

Even though the obligation to submit notification to ECHA is only applicable to EU producers and importers, assemblers and distributers, other companies in the supply chain shall also help to provide relevant information to the recipient of articles in order to facilitate enterprises to comply with this new requirement. SGS do offer a one-stop solution for relevant SVHC obligations under REACH, from testing to communication documents and solutions to SCIP database to help enterprises fulfil this requirement.

SGS can provide a wide array of services on REACH, as testing, training, consulting, process auditing, document preparation and other services to help you deal with these new green requirements more efficiently and effectively!


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