Extension of SCIP notification to EEA countries

December 22, 2022
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SCIP notification extended to other countries

Since November 7, 2022, the SCIP notification(Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products)) has been extended to other members of theEuropean Economic Area (EEA ): companies in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are required to submit SCIP notifications toECHA on their products containing substances of very high concern. This obligation is a result of the amendments to the EU Waste Framework Directive in the EEA Agreement.

This will make it easier for companies in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to export to the European Union as their products will be directly compliant with the EU regulation.

Understanding the SCIP notification

European Union (EU ) countries are required to report data on their substances of concern to the SCIP database.

Created by the ECHA(European Chemical Agency), the SCIP database was created on October 28, 2020, via an amendment to the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC). Its objective is to ensure transparency on the hazardous substances contained in articles in Europe and thus prevent potential risks when recycling waste. 

As of January 5, 2021, companies were obliged to notify the SCIP database. The database is now populated by suppliers of articles containing SVHC(Substances of Very High Concern) in a concentration above 0.1% mass/mass. This includes EU manufacturers, EU importers and distributors of articles (for placing on the EU market). However, retailers supplying articles directly to consumers are not required to provide information to ECHA.

The information to be provided in a SCIP submission should allow for the identification of the article and the safe uses of the article, and the notification should contain information such as the name, concentration range and location of the SVHC in the article.

The SCIP database now has 8.7 million searchable article notifications from over 8,600 companies in the EU.

By accessing the SCIP database, consumers can make more informed purchasing choices. ECHA announced that the database also allows "waste operators to further develop the reuse of items and recycling of materials."

How do I submit a SCIP notification?

As a reminder, companies that supply articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHC) in concentrations above 0.1% by mass (w/w) are obliged to submit this information to ECHA. Furthermore, failure to do so may result in penalties.

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