Hazardous substances: ECHA to launch first version of new database

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has set October 2020 as the provisional date for rolling out the first version of a database listing substances of concern in articles or complex products.

The database, dubbed SCIP, will require suppliers to provide information on the name, concentration range and location of substances of very high concern in articles as such or in complex products. 

‘Complex objects’ cover products such as electronic equipment or furniture and ‘articles as such’ relate to single-substance products such as a blade or a one-piece plastic spoon.

Updating representatives from the chemicals industry at a conference in Helsinki, ECHA confirmed it aims to deliver a “prototype” version of the SCIP database by the first quarter of 2020, with the first “production version” to be released by October. 

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