Question: I'm confused about SCIP deadlines, and I have seen some conflicting information. Can you provide some clarification?
Answer: The EU Waste Framework Directive's Substances of Concern in Articles, As Such or in Complex Projects (SCIP) Database is a hot topic right now. Here's what you need to know about SCIP deadlines:
First, it's very important to understand the difference between the SCIP submission deadline and the SCIP database go-live date.
- The SCIP submission deadline is January 5th, 2021. This is the date from which "information on articles containing SVHCs (on the Candidate List) in a concentration above 0.1% w/w placed on the EU Market needs to be notified to the ECHA." In other words, it is the date when SCIP database submissions are required.
- The "go live" date is not related to the submission deadline. It is related to the dissemination of data to downstream actors and enforcement by member states (recyclers, NGOs, consumers, enforcement).
However, there is potential for these timelines to change. Watch for new information from trustworthy sources, and make sure to check whether any potential changes affect the actual submission deadline or the go-live date.
The legal basis for the SCIP database comes from the European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive (WFD). Unlike regulations, EU directives must be transposed into national law, and the member states are required to transpose the EU WFD into national law by July 5, 2020. This is a deadline for the states, though, and is separate from the SCIP submission deadline and the go-live date.
Article content is current as of 2019-12-20.