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SCIP database – duties for suppliers producers, importers and distributors of articles from 05.1.2021

SCIP database – duties for suppliers producers, importers and distributors of articles from 05.1.2021

SCIP database – duties for suppliers producers, importers and distributors of articles from 05.1.2021

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).

Companies supplying articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the Candidate List in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) on the EU market have to submit information on these articles to ECHA, as from 5 January 2021.

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.

The following suppliers of articles need to provide information to ECHA:

  • EU producers and assemblers,
  • EU importers,
  • EU distributors of articles and other actors in the supply chain placing articles on the market.

Retailers and other supply chain actors supplying articles directly and exclusively to consumers are not covered by the obligation to provide information to the SCIP database.

Suppliers of articles need to submit 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
  • other information to allow the safe use of the article, notably information to ensure proper management of the article once it becomes waste.

The information submitted to the SCIP database will be publicly available and therefore readily available to waste operators to bridge the current gap in the information flow.

ECHA will publish the information, as received, on its website. The quality of the data remains the responsibility of each duty holder. At the same time, ECHA will ensure the protection of confidential business information where justified. For example, the data that allows to establish links between actors in the same supply chain will not be made publicly available.

How REACH defines an article

According to REACH Article 3(3), an article is an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design which determines its function to a greater degree than its chemical composition.

A “complex object” is an object made up of more than one article.

Articles that are assembled or joined together in complex objects remain articles, as long as they keep a special shape, surface or design, or as long as they do not become waste.

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