SCIP Database Submissions Exceed 5 Million Notifications

Businesses that place products containing SVHCs (substances of very high concern) on the European Union market have been required to submit information on these chemicals of concern to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) since January 5, 2021. In this brief period of time, the Agency has received a multitude of additional notifications for inclusion in its SCIP database. Here we take a look at the SCIP database and its continued growth.

About the SCIP Database

The SCIP database features information on Substances of Concern In articles or complex objects (Products). It was created in conjunction with the revised European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive.

The SCIP database was developed to foster a reduction in the amount of hazardous waste in the EU via the use of safer alternative chemicals in articles. It is also intended to provide relevant hazardous substance information to waste operators and encourage potential waste material recycling for use in new articles. With the SCIP database, information on Candidate List chemicals may be accessed throughout the entire product lifecycle.

Under the European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive, European market businesses that introduce articles containing SVHCs with concentrations > 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) are now obligated to provide relevant information about them to the ECHA. This applies to the manufacture of such articles, but also to their import and distribution.

More Than 5 Million Notifications

Launched in late October 2020, the SCIP database received in excess of 2 million notifications in its first seven weeks of release. Since then, this number has risen quickly and significantly. The number of notifications received to date has surpassed 5 million, and it is expected that this will increase steadily in the coming weeks and months. Forthcoming release of the submitted notification data is expected later this year.

Accessing Additional Information

More information on the SCIP database can be found on the ECHA’s website. As the database continues to grow and evolve, the Agency will release updated information on it. You can also visit the ToxPlanet website and blog regularly for relevant information as it becomes available.

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