5 Jan 2021

As per the European Commission and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), the Substances of Concern in Articles or Products (SCIP) database requirements are required to be completed and submitted by January 5th, 2021. Group of industries had requested to delay the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) by 12 months. However, the timeline to transpose EU WFD requirements into national law remained the same on July 5th, 2020. The delay request made to the European Commission also included re-evaluating the efficiency of the SCIP database, including its usefulness, feasibility, proportionality, and impacts. The European Commission and ECHA stand firm on the requirements of EU WFD while creating the SCIP database.

According to the European Commission, the group of industries was informed about this submission timeline on May 30th, 2018. The SCIP database ensures that information on articles containing Candidate List substances is available throughout the whole lifecycle of products and materials, including at the waste stage. The information in the database is then made available to waste operators and consumers.

Member states will establish enforcement of SCIP data requirements as mandated in the EU WFD. . Besides, the European Environmental Bureau and Client Earth, 49 other non-government organizations (NGO) have supported the decision of the European Commission and ECHA.

ECHA published results of an enforcement pilot conducted between the period of October 2017 and December 2018 on November 6th, 2019. According to the findings, 12% of the articles published contained the Candidate list substances above the 0.1% weight by weight (w/w), threshold 88% of those failed to submit the right data to customers.

The intention of creating the SCIP database is to maintain data and public transparency. SCIP database is the first digitally available enforcement mechanism that helps to create this kind of transparency. Starting from January 2021. Enforcement agents can hold companies accountable for the responsible handling of each component in their products. This includes every stage starting from raw materials to component recycling or disposal.

As per the estimates, it could cost companies manufacturing or selling in Europe Billions of Euros per year to collect, prepare and submit the data required to meet new reporting obligations and ensure continued access to the European markets. Companies are now trying to organize, streamline, and automate the complex process of SCIP database submission. The intention is to make things simpler and allow seamless submission of the SCIP database within the set timelines. The European Commission and ECHA are trying to regulate the process.

The SCIP database requires complex data sets for each article containing SVHCs above the threshold, presenting a substantial data burden to companies. Enventure offers a managed solution with your current compliance programs and efficiently scope your supply chain for all SCIP requirements and manage your submission from data acquisition to final upload.

Talk to our SCIP Specialist today.