As part of the European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will construct a database containing information regarding the use of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in articles and products above the 0.1 percent weight by weight (w/w) threshold, per amendment (EU) 2018/85.
The ECHA refers to this database as Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products) (SCIP).
Reduce the content of hazardous substances in materials and products, including recycled materials
Substitution of SVHCs with safer alternatives
Improve the information available to waste operators about EOL (end of life) products entering waste streams.
Enable authorities to monitor the usage of hazardous substance(s) in articles.
The SCIP database’s purpose is to reduce the amount of hazardous waste by supporting the use of replacement substances in articles entering the EU.
REACHThe REACH Regulation’s main focus is protecting the public and environment and encouraging the replacement of hazardous substances used in the production of goods.
Identify articles containing Candidates List substances
Assess data gaps and identify high-risk articles
Gather necessary information from your non-EU suppliers
Articles as such and complex projects (two or more components) imported or placed on the European market and that contain listed SCVHs in a concentration exceeding 0.1% weight by weight fall within the scope of the database.
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Which articles and substances are within the scope of the obligation?
It covers all articles placed on the EU market containing a substance of very high concern on the Candidate List in a concentration above 0.1% w/w. It applies to any article as such or in a complex object, as they are supplied including spare parts. Furthermore, an import is deemed to be ‘placing on the market’, thus any imported article into the EU is covered by the obligation, including any supply via internet sales that involve an import.
Who are affected by the SCIP obligations?
Mainly, all EU Producers & Assemblers, EU Importers, EU distributors and other actors who place products on the market.
Among the supply chain, who are considered as out of scope from SCIP Obligations?
Retailers who are directly supplying products to the consumers without making any alterations are out of scope. And in addition, non-EU companies that would otherwise be out of scope for SCIP, they are obliged to provide the required information and support their importers in making SCIP submissions. In addition, if the company has a European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) account under a “Foreign user”, they may make direct submissions to SCIP database.
What is SCIP notification?
It is a dossier prepared by the duty holders & submitted to ECHA communicating the presence of SVHC in their products in a concentration above 0.1% w/w.
What are the steps involved in SCIP notification Process?
Dossier preparation, Dossier submission and Submission Report
How to access SCIP tools for making submission?
For making a SCIP submission, each company needs a valid ECHA account and a subscription to the IUCLID Cloud service & ECHA submission portal.