SCIP stands for Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products) and results from a new notification duty introduced by the EU Waste Framework Directive and referring to article 33(1) of REACH and the existing communication duties down the value chain for articles containing more than 0,1% weight by weight (w/w) of a substance of very high concern on the REACH candidate list for authorisation.
All producers, importers, distributors, and assemblers of articles or complex objects containing a substance of very high concern in more than 0,1% w/w in an article need to submit a SCIP notification by the 5th January 2021.
Retailers are exempted from the SCIP notification duty. Note also, that there is no tonnage band trigger for this notification duty.
The formal SCIP database has been launched on October 28th, and SCIP notifications can now beentered to be ready for the duty coming into force on the 5th of January 2021.
The substances of very high concern included in the candidate list for authorisation – currently 209 substances – can be consulted on the Echa website.
The following information is required for the notification: - identification of the article; - the identification of the Candidate List substance present in the article and its concentration range; - any other information that allows its safe use – notably information to ensure the article is properly managed once it becomes waste.
The information in the SCIP database is made publicly available, in particular to waste operators and consumers.
The aim is to improve waste management practices and promote the use of waste as a resource. Consumers also benefit from increased knowledge about hazardous chemicals in products. This will help them to make better informed choices when buying products and promote their ‘right to know’.