On January 22, 2021, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced two projects that have been launched by The Forum for Exchange of Information on Enforcement (Forum) and the 9th REACH enforcement project (REF-9), to check whether substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the market have been authorized and a pilot project that will examine, among other aspects, the REACH registration exemption of the recycling sector.

The project REF-9, which involves all 30 EU and EEA countries, will now examine if SVHCs placed on the market have been granted authorization by the European Commission (EC). 

The second project at the interface of REACH and the EU waste directive will investigate whether the current practice of not registering substances recovered from wastes, e.g. after recycling, is in line with registration requirements under REACH.

Both projects will be carried out in 2021, and results are to be expected by 2022.

On October 28, 2020, ECHA launched its SCIP database (Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products)) with the premise of providing information on articles containing SVHCs throughout the whole life-cycle of products and materials, including the waste stage (FPF reported). The requirement has the goal to prevent the recycling of SVHCs in materials. Since January 5, 2021, companies are obliged to submit data to ECHA on SVHCs in their products via the SCIP database.

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ECHA (January 22, 2021). “Authorisation obligations and recovered substances in the scope of two Forum enforcement projects.

Chemical Watch (January 27, 2021). “Inspectors begin EU-wide checks on REACH authorization compliance.”

ECHA (January 05, 2021). SCIP duty kicks in: 5 million notifications received for harmful chemicals in products.