New reporting obligation for articles containing substances of very high concern

In future, all articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) will be collected in the new SCIP database of the European Chemicals Agency. From now on, companies will have to report them there. Meanwhile, ECHA reports that often irrelevant data are received.

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The prototype of the new SCIP database has already been online since around mid-2020 and is part of the European Waste Framework Directive (WFD). Among other things, the database is intended to support the EU’s goals for a more circular economy. For example, companies in the waste management sector should be able to better sort and recycle products containing SVHCs.

Even before the start of the new year, companies had already provided a large amount of data. Shortly before Christmas, ECHA reported two million entries in the database. However, the large number of entries also caused problems. For example, only products containing officially listed SVHCs should be entered. However, large amounts of irrelevant data were submitted. The transfer of dossiers with more than a thousand products was therefore suspended in December.

Companies that manufacture, import or supply articles containing substances on the candidate list have to submit information to the database. These are products manufactured in the EU or imported into the EU from third countries.

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