What is the Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database?
SCIP is the new database maintained by the European Chemicals Agency for information on Substances of Concern In articles as such and complex objects (Products).
The information will be submitted by companies supplying articles or complex objects with a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) on the Candidate List in a concentration above 0.1% and placed on the EU market.
SCIP supports the Circular Economy in the EU by ensuring information on articles with SVHC is available throughout the whole article lifecycle, including the waste stage.
Who needs to comply?
EU producers and assemblers, EU importers, EU distributors of articles except retailers who only supply articles directly to consumers are obligated by SCIP. Suppliers outside the EU should support the EU importers to fulfil their obligations by providing information on SVHC in their articles.
Who enforces SCIP and what are the penalties for non-compliance?
Member States are required to transpose the SCIP requirements into national law, and enforcement of which is the responsibility of these Member States. The national transpositions and deadlines by Member State are available online at EUR-Lex. Enforcement activities of the Waste Framework Directive have varied significantly between Member States and have included fines and imprisonment.
How will SCIP information be used?
The submitted information will be structured and searchable by primarily waste operators and consumers, as well as actors in the supply chain, non-government organizations and authorities.
The information is expected to improve waste treatment operations by making sorting easier and improving the quality of recycled materials. Additionally, it will allow authorities to monitor substances of concern in articles and initiate appropriate actions over the whole article lifecycle.
How we can help
We start with hotspotting services of your product portfolio. We’ll identify focused assessments of product categories and materials likely to contain SVHC, based on our extensive materials and process knowledge. This allows you to prioritize supplier data collection to product types where the risk of non-compliance is greater, and help you meet the SCIP notification deadline this January.
SCIP work instructions
We offer to draft work instructions to set forth your internal process and procedures for ensuring products imported into the EU comply with the SCIP notification requirements. This includes meeting the requirements when SVHC are added to the Candidate List (historically, every 6 months), as well as how to address SCIP notification requirements during early stages of product development.
SCIP notification data mapping
We also offer SCIP notification data mapping services. We hold workshops with stakeholders to review the mandatory and optional data requirements, and then map each field to one of the following:
- An existing data source and field
- A business rule to control how the field should be systematically populated
- Manual data entry, including data validation rules
- Or, supply chain data collection
Supply chain data collection
For supply chain data collection, we’ll lever the IPC-1752B to collect information required by the SCIP database. The IPC-1752B is a data exchange standard which allows companies in the supply chain to share information required by the SCIP database.
SCIP notification preparation and submission
We offer services to prepare and submit Notifications to the SCIP database on your behalf as a foreign user. There has been a lot of work done to enable third parties to submit data on behalf of the obligated supplier. Setting up a foreign user to the obligated supplier’s account enables a company to submit notifications for its subsidiaries for example or allows an external consultant to be used.
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