Echa has fulfilled the requirement of the Waste Framework Directive, Article 9, and has set up a database for articles and products containing a substance of very high concern. This SCIP (Substances of Concern in Products) database is designed to ensure that information on articles containing a SVHC substance is available at all times throughout their life cycle.
This information will be available to waste handling companies, for example, and will significantly support improved risk management in the context of waste treatment and a higher recycling quality. End consumers will also benefit from this innovation, as they can receive further information on request.
All companies that import or manufacture articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the candidate list in a concentration above 0.1% (w/w) on the EU market will be obliged to submit information in the form of a dossier on these articles to ECHA from 5 January 2021. In contrast to REACH, this notification is quantity-independent.
Examples of substances of very high concern are lead, phthalates, PAHs, chromium VI, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated coating materials for impregnation, UV initiators, bisphenol A and many more. A complete overview list of all substances previously included in the candidate list can be found here: https://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table
Check your products and items you import into the EU today to see if they contain any of the listed substances.
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