In a press release published on September 9, 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced a set of information requirements that will be applied within the upcoming database on articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs), now known as the SCIP database. The abbreviation SCIP stands for Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products). This resource was first announced by ECHA in July 2018 (FPF reported), and a first prototype is planned for release in early 2020. Following the Waste Framework Directive, suppliers of articles containing an SVHC currently on the Candidate List will need to use the SCIP database to notify of its presence beginning on January 5, 2021. ECHA has described the information required for notification as including:

  • “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 safe use of the article.”

Further descriptions of the mandatory and optional data fields are provided in an ECHA publication. 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.” Furthermore, “the increased transparency on the presence of hazardous substances will help consumers to make better informed choices when purchasing products and provide information on how to best use and dispose of such articles.”


ECHA (September 2019). “Detailed information requirements for the SCIP database.” (pdf)

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Luke Buxton (September 9, 2019). “Echa issues notification obligations for SVHCs in articles database.” Chemical Watch