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What is the article category in the SCIP notification?

The “Article category” in the SCIP database aims at providing summarised information on the function or use of the article containing the Candidate List substances or of the complex object incorporating such articles in the SCIP notification. It is also a key element to support the identification of impacted waste streams based on function/use of the article or complex object (e.g., textiles, batteries, construction and demolition, electrical and electronic equipment, end of life vehicles, packaging), once it becomes waste. 

The “Article category” consists of a common understandable name or description of the article or complex object selected from a pre-defined European harmonised list based on the integrated Tariff of the European Union – TARIC – list named “CN/TARIC codes and descriptions”.

The TARIC list incorporates the Combined Nomenclature (CN) codes and descriptions as set out in Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 and the specific TARIC subheadings. Both TARIC and the Combined Nomenclature are managed by the European Commission (DG TAXUD). The CN/TARIC codes and descriptions under the ‘article category’ do not have any purpose in the SCIP context linked to the legal purposes of those lists within the scope of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87. Even if the “article category” pre-defined harmonised list is based the CN/TARIC code and description, its aim does not relate in any way to the legal or regulatory objectives of the CN/TARIC list concerning customs tariffs and trade statistics.

The identification of the article or complex object in a SCIP notification based on its function or use cannot be ensured by the ‘article name’ on its own as assigned by the SCIP notification submitter, because it is a text field, can be submitted in a language other than English and can have a meaningless name for a user of the database, in particular for consumers and waste operators. 

Furthermore, due to reasons to protect commercial interests based on the information submitted to the SCIP database concerning complex objects as placed on the market, the names and identifiers submitted in a SCIP notification are disclosed only for the top-level complex object. However, regarding the components and subcomponents, only the article name and the article category – CN/TARIC codes and descriptions – will be publicly available in the SCIP database, as well as safe use instructions, disassembling instructions and characteristics. This means, for example, that if there is a notification for a bicycle, the information about the bicycle, such as the brand and model, will be published. However, if the bicycle includes two tyres of a certain brand and model, this specific information will not be made publicly available, but the database will indicate that the tyres (identified by the attributed ‘article name’ and ‘article category’) of that bicycle contains a Candidate List substance. It is of the highest importance to submit the appropriate CN/TARIC code and description under the ‘article category’ for the components and subcomponents of complex objects to allow the identification of the articles containing the Candidate List substances.

The article category is composed of:
  • Code: Numerical code - CN or TARIC code. The CN code corresponds to a number attributed to each subdivision of the Combined Nomenclature. The TARIC code is based on the Combined Nomenclature, with additional subdivisions.  
  • Description: CN or TARIC description associated to the CN or TARIC code.
The list of CN/TARIC codes and descriptions, also called the EU product classification system, consists of three integrated components:
  • the Harmonized System (HS) which is a nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) comprising many commodity groups, organised in a hierarchical structure by 
  • Sections
  • chapters (2 digits)
  • headings (4 digits)
  • sub-headings (6 digits); 
  • the Combined Nomenclature (CN) - Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 – which is the EU's eight-digit (8 digits) coding system, comprising the HS codes with further EU subdivisions. Every year, this Annex I is updated and published as a stand-alone Regulation in the EU's Official Journal, in accordance with Article 12 of Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87, at the latest by 31 October. The updates to the CN list of codes and descriptions are managed by the European Commission (DG TAXUD), as provided in the ‘Code of conduct for the management of the Combined Nomenclature (CN)’;
  • the Integrated Tariff – TARIC – which comprises the eight-digit code (8 digits) and descriptions of the Combined Nomenclature plus two additional digits (TARIC subheadings with 10 digits). The TARIC database is updated every month.
The SCIP format in IUCLID will be only updated once a year in the major IUCLID services release. The next major IUCLID release is scheduled for April 2023 which will comprise the Combined Nomenclature. From April 2023, the list of CN/TARIC codes and descriptions included in the SCIP format will be based on the January update of each year of the TARIC database, from which an extraction is published in 22 EU official languages (on that month of each year), by the European Commission (DG TAXUD) in CIRCABC. 

Due to the large number of entries of the picklist, ECHA strongly recommends duty holders to search for the most appropriate code and description for the article as such or complex object being notified (as well as for components, subcomponents, and articles) from the two databases managed and maintained by the European Commission with the CN/TARIC codes and descriptions:
  • The ‘TARIC database’, monthly extractions published in CIRCABC can be accessed through this webpage by clicking on [Info] under “User Guides, Information and Downloadable data: [Info]”, and on CIRCABC under the folder named ‘Nomenclature’.
  • My Trade Assistant’ can be consulted in addition to Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87
Further information:
  • On the ‘EU product classification system’ is available here
  • On the Combined Nomenclature (CN) is available here
  • On TARIC, the integrated Tariff of the European Union, is available here
  • On IUCLID product, including planned releases, is available here
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