WFD/SCIP Requirements: Beyond REACH

SCIP (Substances of Concern In articles, as such or in complex objects (Products)) database requirements, triggered by the EU WFD (Waste Framework Directive), are significantly different from EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals) data requirements. 

The REACH Regulation was implemented primarily to enable downstream article users to be aware of the presence of any Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) in products, allowing them to take appropriate safety measures. To that end, the EU REACH Regulation requires companies provide (at a minimum) basic information about an SVHC present in an article above the 0.1 percent weight by weight (w/w) threshold to users of the article.

The reporting requirements are much more complex for the SCIP database. Mandated under the EU WFD, the SCIP database is intended to help end-of-life waste stream operators identify articles containing SVHCs over that same threshold. By the time a product enters its end-of-life phase, it is possible a significant amount of time will have passed since a REACH declaration was last received by a consumer. The SCIP database thus seeks to enable progress towards the EU circular economy, since the presence of SVHCs is seen as a major hindrance to this goal.

The SCIP database requires a granular-level of data collection analysis, which extends throughout the supply chain for products destined for the EU market, regardless of where they were manufactured.

See also: SCIP Scope, SCIP Data Types Collected, and How is the SCIP Database Different from the REACH Regulation

Article current as of 2020-03-06 

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