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Towards circular economy: test our database to track harmful chemicals in products


Companies can now start to test ECHA’s SCIP database of products containing Candidate List substances of very high concern. The final database will be launched later this year. Companies will need to submit information to it from January 2021 onwards.

Helsinki, 17 February 2020 – The prototype allows companies to get familiar with the database and test how to submit their SCIP notifications. Users can submit test data and provide feedback to ECHA to help us further improve the final version, which will be launched later in 2020. All submitted test data will be deleted before the launch.

Bjorn Hansen, ECHA’s Executive Director says: "Tracking harmful chemicals is the key for moving towards a more sustainable circular economy. All materials are made of chemicals and we need to make sure we know which products contain harmful chemicals before they are recycled. Our upcoming database will help us to make products safer.”

As of 5 January 2021, companies placing articles on the EU market will need to submit SCIP notifications to ECHA if the articles they place on the EU market contain substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in concentrations above 0.1 % weight by weight. Companies will be able to submit data already in late 2020 when the final database is launched. The aim is to promote the substitution of hazardous chemicals and transition towards a safer circular economy.

Companies will need to submit:

  • information to identify the article;
  • the name, concentration range and location of the SVHC in the article; and
  • other information on its safe use.

Further information

SCIP is the database for information on Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products) established under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD).

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.