On February 17th, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has formally launched the prototype version of SCIP, the database for information on Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products). The database is mandated by the Waste Framework Directive (Directive (EU) 2018⁄851).
The prototype version gives companies the chance to explore the database and familiarize themselves with the SCIP notifications submission process using test data. The final version of the database will be launched later in 2020. Companies supplying articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the Candidate List in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight on the EU market must submit SCIP notifications to ECHA beginning on January 5th, 2021. These companies must provide the following:
- Information that allows the article to be identified;
- The name, concentration range and location of the SVHC in the article; and
- Possibly other information on the safe use of the article.
The SCIP database ensures that the information on articles containing Candidate List substances is available throughout the whole lifecycle of products and materials, including at the waste stage. The information in the database is then made available to waste operators and consumers.