On February 17, 2020, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that its new reporting database of products containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) is now available for testing by companies. Known as the SCIP database, the tool will be mandatory for companies to use beginning on January 5, 2021 to submit notifications declaring articles that are manufactured in or imported into the EU and contain SVHCs at concentrations greater than 0.1 % weight/weight. The current prototype version of the database aims to help companies familiarize themselves with the platform and test submitting SCIP notifications. The final database is set to be launched in late 2020.

The database was established under the EU’s Waste Framework Directive and requires notifiers to provide information to identify the article as well as the name, concentration range, and location of the SVHC in the article and information on its safe use (FPF reported). The requirement aims to prevent the recycling of SVHCs in materials and supports the transition to a clean circular economy.

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ECHA (February 17, 2020). “Towards circular economy: test our database to track harmful chemicals in products.”

Clelia Oziel (February 18, 2020). “Echa releases test version of Scip database.” Chemical Watch