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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 consists of a common understandable name or description of the article or complex object selected from a harmonised list.
The article category is selected from a pre-defined 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.
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, can have a meaningless name for a user of the database. Furthermore, the ‘article name’ is also used to manage the data in the preparation and submission of notifications in the SCIP dossier and in the ECHA submission portal, which may include a name which may be meaningless for a user of the SCIP database, in particular for consumers and waste operators.The ‘Article Category’ (CN/TARIC codes and description) 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.
- 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 Harmonized System (HS) which is a nomenclature developed by the World Customs Organization (WCO) comprising many commodity groups, organised in a hierarchical structure by
- 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 is 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 ‘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’.
- The ‘Trade helpdesk’ under ‘Find my product code’ in addition to Annex I to Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87
- 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
- Consolidated text of 01/01/2020 of Council Regulation (EEC) No 2658/87 of 23 July 1987
- Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1776 of 9 October 2019
- Code of conduct for the management of the Combined Nomenclature (CN) – Commission Communication 2000/C 150/03