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What Is the SCIP Database?

As part of the European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will construct a database containing information regarding the use of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in articles and products above the 0.1 percent weight by weight (w/w) threshold, per amendment (EU) 2018/85. The ECHA refers to this database as Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products) (SCIP).

The SCIP database will add to existing requirements under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation. This more detailed requirement is part of the EU’s ongoing effort to establish a circular economy, in which the value of the raw materials used to create products is maintained beyond the initial lifespan. The ECHA has outlined three goals for the database:

  1. Decrease waste containing hazardous substances by supporting substitutions of SVHCs in articles entering the EU market.
  2. Increase transparency into product composition to improve waste treatment operations.
  3. Allow for the monitoring of SVHC use in articles so appropriate actions may be taken at any stage of an article’s lifespan, including the waste stage.

What Information Should Be Submitted to the SCIP Database?

The SCIP database will improve safety for waste operators and enhance their ability to process waste materials, including the potential to remove hazardous substances from materials before recycling, by providing the necessary information about hazardous substances. This increased transparency will also aid consumers in making purchasing decisions and improve knowledge of how best to dispose of such articles.

Companies must provide sufficient information to allow for the safe use and disposal of articles when SVHC concentration is above threshold. This information should:

  • Allow for the correct identification of the article.
  • Make the name, concentration and location of the Candidate List substance(s) clear.
  • Provide any information needed for the safe use of the article, especially anything that enables proper management in the waste stage.

Creating SCIP Notifications Using the IUCLID Software

Under the revised EU Waste Framework Directive, all manufacturers, importers and distributors within the EU will have to make submissions to the SCIP database by January 5, 2021. To do this, companies can use the International Uniform Chemical Information Database (IUCLID) software, or leverage an experienced third party like Assent to manage the submission process. To better understand the submission process without a third-party solution, view the video on the right.

SCIP Digital
Scoping Tool

You must make your data submissions by January 5, 2021, do you have what you need to comply? Get answers to your biggest questions by using the SCIP Digital Scoping Tool. You’ll learn what your requirements are and how you can meet them before the deadline. The submission deadline for the SCIP database is January 5, 2021. Learn if you’re in scope so you can begin preparing.

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Are you exporting any parts/products to the EU directly or to downstream customers who intend to place those parts/products on the EU market?


Do you have parts or products containing SVHCs over 0.1 percent?


Are you or do you have an EU Legal Entity?


You are in scope!

As established by the EU Waste Framework Directive, you must submit to the SCIP database no later than January 5, 2021, or risk enforcement action. Assent can help you get the data you need to file your submission or act as a EU Legal Entity and file on your behalf. To learn more, speak to one of our experts.


You are out of scope

You are currently out of scope of the EU Waste Framework Directive, but the scope expands with every change to the REACH SVHC Candidate List and data fields. You can monitor those changes by subscribing to our newsletter.


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With no SVHCs above threshold, you do not have an obligation to submit to the SCIP database. The SVHC list changes bi-annually which could bring you into scope at a later date. Stay on top of evolving SCIP requirements by joining our newsletter.


You will receive requests for data from your EU customers as they rush to meet the January 5, 2021 deadline. Assent can act as your EU Legal Entity and submit data on relevant parts to the database. This can provide you with an efficient way of quickly meeting those requests so you can maintain a strong relationship with your customers. To learn more, speak to one of our experts.


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Who Needs to Provide Information?

Companies doing business in the EU — whether producers, assemblers, importers, distributors or any other business type placing articles containing SVHCs above threshold on the European market — must submit notifications to the ECHA via the database. However, retailers or other actors in the supply chain that supply these articles directly to the consumer are not obligated to submit information. Any duty holders may provide further information on a voluntary basis.

While manufacturers or sellers outside of the EU are not directly responsible for reporting, it is important to collect and manage this information to support importers or other actors who must report on composition to continue selling.

Groups that are required to submit data to the SCIP database must be prepared to do so beginning January 5, 2021.

How Assent Simplifies the Process

Assent’s EU WFD Module offers a range of benefits for companies, including:

Reducing the burden on suppliers with automated workflows for SVHCs reported in articles. Supplier engagements will be automatically triggered to collect additional SCIP-specific data only for those parts in scope.

Fewer errors when compiling submissions through logic-driven validation of SCIP dossiers.

Streamlining final upload to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Submission Portal via system-to-system transfers in IUCLID-acceptable formats.

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