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REACH SCIP Database — Are You Ready?

Suppliers of articles containing substances of very high concern to the EU market must submit information to the new SCIP database by January 2021.

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August 7, 2020

Starting January 5, 2021, companies that supply articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) will have to submit notifications on these articles to the new EU Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database.

What is the SCIP database?

SCIP is a database for information on substances of concern in articles as such or in complex objects, products. Established under the Waste Framework Directive, Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) SVHCs, the database is meant to provide waste operators with information about hazardous substances in the waste they process so that materials can potentially be recycled and reused in the production of new articles.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a prototype of the upcoming SCIP database, which you can find here, to help companies get familiar with the database before notifications are due in January 2021. When the actual database is launched in late 2020, the information submitted to the SCIP protype will be deleted. 


Suppliers of articles need to submit the following to the SCIP database: 

  • Information that allows the article to be identified
  • The name, concentration range and location of the SVHC
  • Possibly other information on the safe use of the article 

Who needs to submit notifications to the SCIP Database?

Companies placing products on the EU market containing articles with SVHCs on the candidate list in a concentration about 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) are required to submit information on these articles. Companies required to submit include:

  • EU producers and suppliers 
  • EU importers
  • EU distributors of articles and other actors in the supply chain placing articles on the market

Retailers and another actor in the supply chain supplies articles directly to consumers are not required to submit information, however, any duty holders can supply information on a voluntary basis. 

UL can help your company successfully register products with the new EU SCIP database. Our experts will advise you on the compliance process, necessary testing and how to prepare your notification dossier for submission. Contact UL today to learn more about how we can help you achieve REACH SVHC and EU SCIP compliance.

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