On 5 January 2021, a new provision of the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) entered into force, creating the so-called SCIP database.
On 5 January 2021, a new provision of the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) entered into force, creating the so-called SCIP database. SCIP means Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products). The Directive entrusted the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) with the elaboration of the legislation and the operation of the database.
According to ECHA’s website:
The database will contain information submitted to ECHA by companies that manufacture, import or supply articles containing substances on the candidate list. Production of such goods can take place in the EU or they can be imported from non-EU countries.
The information contained in the database helps waste managers to sort and recycle articles containing substances of very high concern, and supports consumers in making informed decisions and considering how best to use and dispose of these articles. The aim is to use the database to progressively replace substances of concern in articles and develop safer alternatives.
The database has been created to achieve the following three main objectives:
- Reducing production of waste containing hazardous substances by encouraging substitution of substances of concern in articles placed on the EU market.
- Making information available to further improve waste treatment operations.
- Enabling public authorities to monitor the use of substances of concern in articles and to initiate appropriate measures throughout the life cycle of articles, including the waste phase.
The information note prepared by ECHA in Hungarian can be downloaded here.