On July 11, 2018, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) announced that it will “establish a new database on the presence of hazardous chemicals in articles by the end of 2019 for waste treatment operators and consumers.” The database will compile information provided by companies that produce, import, or sell articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) listed on the Candidate List. “Companies need to submit this information by the end of 2020,” ECHA noted.

The database is aimed at waste treatment operators and consumers with the goal “to improve the risk management of chemicals during waste recovery and to promote non-toxic material cycles,” as well as “to help consumers make informed choices for safer products.” This should also promote the substitution of SVHCs, ECHA wrote. In addition, the database will encourage “good supply chain communication as foreseen under REACH, where companies have to communicate in the supply chain and notify ECHA about Candidate List substances in articles.”

The establishment of the database is “based on the revised waste framework directive that entered into force in July 2018” (FPF reported) and is “part of the EU’s waste legislation package, contributing to the EU’s circular economy policy,” ECHA explained.

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ECHA (July 11, 2018). “New database on Candidate List substances in articles by 2021.

Luke Buxton (July 17, 2018). “ECHA sets database deadline for SVHCs in articles.Chemical Watch