Introduction to The New SCIP Database for SVHCs in Articles

Little Pro on 2019-09-17

The SCIP database is ECHA’s new database containing information on substances of concern in articles, as such or in complex objects (products). From 5 Jan 2021, suppliers of articles containing a substance of very high concern (SVHC) on the Candidate List in a concentration above 0.1% w/w on the EU market need to notify their products via the new database to ECHA under the Waste Framework Directive.

Objective of the SCIP Database

The purpose of the SCIP database is to provide waste operators with information about the hazardous substances in the waste they process so that material streams can potentially be “cleaned” before recycling and reused in the production of new articles to ensure a true and safe circular economy.

In addition, the increased transparency on the presence of hazardous substances will help consumers to make better informed choices when purchasing products and provide information on how to best use and dispose of such articles.

Who Needs to Submit Notifications to the SCIP Database

The following suppliers of articles need to submit notifications to the SCIP database:

  • EU producers and assemblers,
  • EU importers,
  • EU distributors of articles and other actors who place articles on the market.


  • Substances and mixtures are out of scope. However, mixtures as part of complex objects need to be notified.
  • Retailers and other supply chain actors supplying articles directly to consumers are not covered by the obligation to submit information to ECHA.

Information Requirements

ECHA has published detailed information requirements of the database in Sept 2019. Suppliers of articles need to provide:

  • information that allows the article to be identified (including picture and characteristics);
  • the name, concentration range and location of the SVHC in the article; and
  • instructions on the safe use of the article.


  • Early 2020: launch of the prototype version of the database
  • Mid 2020: deadline for Member States to transpose the legal requirements into national law
  • 5 Jan 2021: notification to the SCIP database officially starts


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