Why is this important? Because now everyone can “access data from the EU’s first public database of substances of very high concern in products, SCIP”.
There are two important implications of using this now public database.
First, consumers can check and “make more informed purchasing choices”. By more informed we mean that you and I can now quickly check if a certain “product contains hazardous chemicals”.
And second, this SCIP database will help “waste operators to further develop the re-use of articles and the recycling of materials”.
You might be wondering what are the most often notified product categories so far? There are six of them:
- machinery and their parts;
- measuring instruments and their parts;
- electronic equipment and their parts;
- vehicles and their parts;
- articles made of rubber; and
Categories are interesting, but what about most common substances of very high concern? Here are 5 most common ones:
- lead (e.g. in ball bearings, batteries);
- lead monoxide (e.g. in lamps, vehicle parts);
- lead titanium trioxide (e.g. in electric cookers);
- silicid acid, lead salt (e.g. in lead crystalware, vehicle coatings); and
- 1,6,7,8,9,14,15,16,17,17,18,18-Dodecachloropentacyclo[188.8.131.52,9.02,13.05,10]octadeca-7,15- diene, more commonly referred to as “Dechlorane PlusTM” (e.g. in paints, glues)
Now, if you’re not sure what SCIP database is, than this quick summary will help you get on board.
SCIP database contains articles, containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the Candidate List at a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) placed on the EU market notified according to Article 9(1)(i) of the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC.
Who must notify their articles in the SCIP database?
Companies supplying articles containing substances of very high concern on the REACH Candidate List have to notify these articles to ECHA. The requirement concerns articles on the EU market containing more than 0.1 % weight by weight of SVHCs.
This obligation effects lots of companies. In fact ECHA reports that ”up till now about 6000 different companies from the European Union have succesfully notified their articles to ECHA. Currently there are more than four million article notifications in the database”.
If you realized you also have this obligation and do not have the time to submit the notifications yourself, we can help you. This way you can fully focus on doing business while having this obligation covered.