SCIP Database

SCIP stands for Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products).

The SCIP database is developed by ECHA (=European Chemicals Agency) based on the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC. From 5 January 2021, companies that place articles on the EU market containing SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern) on the REACH Candidate List have to submit information on these articles to the ECHA. Specifically, this concerns articles manufactured, distributed or imported into the EU that contain SVHCs in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight.

Examples of substances and products concerned:

  • Lead, for example in copper or aluminium alloys (fasteners, housings, cable lines, ...),
  • plasticisers (phthalates), such as DEHP (plastic injection moulded parts, interior and exterior cladding, gaskets, etc.),
  • flame retardants, such as DecaBDE (car seat covers, printed circuit boards, insulating materials, housings of electrical and electronic equipment, ...),
  • binding or release agents and stabilizers such as dodecamethylcyclohexasiloxane (in plastics, paper, paints, inks, coatings, cleaning and polishing agents, ...).

The reporting obligation means a special challenge for the electrical and electronics industry, because printed circuit boards - "articles" according to REACH - typically contain several hundred assembly items with a multitude of electronic components, for the most part with a weight of two milligrams to five grams each. In addition, multiple sourcing means that there are often several suppliers per assembly item. With the IMDS, the automotive industry already has a database in which 14,000 substances are now recorded. However, the SVHC notification obligation affects all industries and is more profound and complex, as the current IMDS structure cannot be used

The aim of the database is to help waste operators to identify SVHCs containing waste and to improve recycling. The information will also be accessible to consumers so that they can make informed choices when purchasing products and make informed decisions on how to best use and dispose of these products. SCIP aims to promote the replacement of SVHCs in products.

A prototype of the database has already been online since spring 2020. Here, responsible persons in companies can practice the handling and find out which data are required. But beware: all data entered into the prototype will be deleted in October 2020. Then the first full version will go online and companies will be able to enter their real data here before the deadline in January, thus fulfilling the reporting obligation.

ECHA provides the harmonised IUCLID format for submitting data to the SCIP database. Companies are already using this IT tool to prepare registration dossiers for chemicals under the REACH Regulation. Interfaces to other systems are also going to be available.

And now?

Step 1:
Find out whether your products are affected.
Automotive suppliers who report in IMDS can do this by using REACH where-used lists.
You can also ask us to analyse this for you. Just fill out our online form and request a quote.

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Step 2:
Find out about ECHA's requirements on how to report (notify) to the SCIP database by using the IUCLID IT tool - also provided by ECHA - to create SCIP dossiers.
The theory and basic information you can learn in our training course "SCIP database and reporting duties" (No 6180).

Step 3:
Start collecting the necessary information to prepare the dossiers as soon as possible. This requires some time before the information can be processed. The information collected can then be used to create the dossier with IUCLID and report to the SCIP database.
You can learn and practice how to do this in our training course "SCIP database in practice" (No. 6181).




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