ECHA will establish and maintain a database which will contain the submitted information on Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products). ECHA will make the information in the SCIP database available to waste operators and consumers.
Information about the presence in articles of SVHCs on the Candidate List must be available throughout the whole lifecycle of products and materials, including at the waste stage. To achieve this goal, companies supplying articles that contain Candidate List substances in a concentration above 0.1% w/w on the EU market will have to submit to ECHA, as from 5 January 2021, sufficient information to allow safe use of those articles.
The database has three main objectives:
- Decrease the generation of waste containing hazardous substances by supporting the substitution of substances of concern in articles placed on the EU market.
- Make information available to further improve waste treatment operations.
- Allow authorities to monitor the use of substances of concern in articles and initiate appropriate actions over the whole lifecycle of articles, including at their waste stage.
The SCIP database complements the existing communication and notification obligations for Candidate List substances in articles under REACH.
Who needs to provide information to the SCIP database?
The following suppliers of articles need to provide information to the SCIP database:
- EU producers and assemblers,
- EU importers,
- EU distributors of articles and other actors who place articles on the market.
Retailers and other supply chain actors supplying articles directly to consumers are not covered by the obligation to submit information to ECHA.
Which information needs to be provided to the SCIP database?
Duty holders only need to provide information on those articles which contain Candidate List substances in a concentration above 0.1% w/w. The vast majority of articles on the EU market do not contain Candidate List substances above the concentration threshold.
Besides administrative contact details, suppliers of articles need to provide the following information to ECHA:
- information that allows the identification of the article;
- the name, concentration range and location of the Candidate List substance(s) present in that article; and
- other information to allow the safe use of the article, notably information to ensure proper management of the article once it becomes waste.
Duty holders can also provide further information on a voluntary basis.
Further details on the information to be provided to ECHA is available in the “Detailed information requirements”.
Which data submitted to the SCIP database will be published by ECHA?
ECHA will ensure the protection of confidential business information where justified. For example, the required mandatory data that allow to establish links between actors in the same supply chain will not be made publicly available.