The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has confirmed that traders will need to start contributing to its upcoming database on articles containing Candidate List substances (SVHCs) from January 2021 onwards.

Under the EU’s Waste Framework Directive, suppliers of articles containing an SVHC on the Candidate List need to provide information on their safe use to ECHA. The new SCIP database will contain information on substances of concern in articles or in complex objects (products).

A prototype of the database is planned for early 2020. It will be further improved and extended with new features later that year.

Companies placing articles on the EU market will need to submit notifications from 5 January 2021. The aim is to promote the substitution of hazardous chemicals and a circular economy.

Suppliers of articles will need to provide: 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 article’s safe use.

The SCIP database will provide waste operators with information about the hazardous substances in the waste they process so that material streams can potentially be “cleaned” before recycling and reused in the production of new articles to ensure a true and safe circular economy.

Detailed information about the database can be found at www.echa.europa.eu.

Amfori, formerly the Foreign Trade Association, has warned that the two most challenging points of this database are its broad scope and the short timeline to prepare the required information.

It points out that database will require more information than before, on all articles in products placed on the EU’s internal market, if the article contains SVHCs in a concentration above 0.1%, weight by weight.

“For an importer,” Amfori went on, “this will result in collecting all the requested information from suppliers, ensuring the information is accurate, and entering it in the database, article by article. The SCIP database will require additional information, on top of the information currently requested for the REACH notification.”

Last reviewed 2 December 2019