What does SCIP mean?

SCIP stands for Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products). It is a database that collects all data on products containing SVHC substances placed on the market in the EU.

What are the aims and the challenges?

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. This concerns, for example, copper and aluminium alloys containing lead.

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.

How to enter data?

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.

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