ECHA Begins SCIP Database for SVHC-Containing Products in January 2021

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has
announced the Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects
(Products) (SCIP) database will be in operation from January 5, 2021. After
this date, businesses operating in the European Union (EU) must enter certain
information onto the database if their articles contain a substance on the
Candidate List at a concentration above 0.1% w/w.

The requirement applies to actors placing an
article onto the EU market – EU manufacturers, assemblers, importers and
distributors. It does not apply to retailers and other supply chain actors
supplying articles directly and exclusively to consumers.

The Candidate List contains substances that have
been identified as having hazardous properties, known as Substances of Very
High Concern (SVHC).

The term SVHC is associated with the REACH
regulation and includes substances that are:

  • CMR –
    carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction
  • PBT/vPvB –
    persistent, bioaccumulative/very persistent and very bioaccumulative
  • Substances that
    cause an equivalent level of concern as CMR or PBT/vPvB substances, e.g.
    endocrine disruption

Stakeholders should note: the SCIP duty relates
to the Waste Framework Directive and not REACH. Actors supplying directly to
consumers are not bound by the SCIP duty but must still conform to the existing
communication and notification obligations under REACH. This means suppliers
of articles that contain a substance on the Candidate List above 0.1% w/w will
still need to communicate to the recipient its existence, even if they are not
required to submit such information to the SCIP database.

The SCIP database will require the following

· Administrative
contact details (company information)

· Technical

o Information on the article as such
or the complex object:

  • Identifiers (name, brand, model, identifier (i.e. EAN), production in EU (yes/no))
  • Picture
  • Characteristics (dimensions, weight, color…)
  • Instructions (safe use, disassembling)
  • For complex object
    components only: linked articles

o Information on the substance:

  • Candidate List version
  • Candidate List substance (name, EC and CAS number)
  • Concentration range
    (select as appropriate)

Stakeholders are advised to now ensure they
understand the requirements of the SCIP database to ensure continued compliance
with EU regulations.

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For further information contact:

Adeline Maijala

Quality and Development Lead – Certification

Tel: +358 9 6963 229



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