SCIP database

SCIP database

Complying with notifications for substances of very high concern

‘SCIP’ stands for Substances of Concern InSCIP-ECHA-logo.jpg articles as such or in complex objects (Products). It is a new database created and maintained by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for the European Union (EU) under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). 

All articles and products to be placed on the EU market that contain a substance of very high concern (SVHC) at a concentration above 0.1% (weight by weight) must be notified to the SCIP database. ECHA maintains a comprehensive list of all SVHCs, known as the Candidate List.

The obligation to submit SCIP notifications in the EU came into force on 5 January 2021 and the database is available for public use. The database contains more than 4 million notifications and is being continually updated.

What is the SCIP database requirement?

Any article containing an SVHC that is on the EU REACH Regulation Candidate List, with a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) or above, will need to be notified to ECHA via the database. The requirement also includes all complex objects where the product is made from more than one article. Companies that produce, import or supply articles containing substances on the Candidate List will have to submit information on these articles to the SCIP database.

Substances on the Candidate List are subject to assessment and review to establish appropriate future action. This action may include inclusion on the ECHA ‘Authorisation List’ and restrictions to use. New substances are also regularly being added to the Candidate List.

Are you required to notify?

Unlike the EU REACH Regulation, the Waste Framework Directive must be transposed into national law by each Member State. Enforcement therefore lies at national level and as such the penalties vary. Member State transpositions and their enforcements can be found here. The SCIP database affects some of the world’s largest industry sectors such as:

  • Electronics.
  • Automotive.
  • Consumer goods, including furniture.

The below flowchart can help quickly determine if you are required to submit SCIP database notification.

While manufacturers and suppliers that do not directly place products on the EU market are not required to submit, they should assist any actors in their supply chain that are required to notify.

The UK has not implemented the requirement to notify to the SCIP database and the WFD is not listed as an annex to the Northern Ireland protocol. Therefore, legal entities based in the UK are not required to notify directly to the SCIP database.

What is required?

Companies must submit the following:

  • Information on article:
    • Name and primary article identifier.
    • Product category (TARIC code).
    • Safe use and disposal instructions.
  • Information on SVHC:
    • Substance list name and identifier (CAS, EC).
    • ECHA material category or EuPCS code.
    • Concentration of substance in article.

Information submitted will be made available to consumers and waste operators to provide greater clarity throughout a product's whole life cycle. Organisations must now ensure they keep up to date with their obligations under REACH and the WFD.

SCIP notification process

The SCIP notification process consists of three main steps:

Companies must have an ECHA IT account to submit a notification or can opt to use a third party, such as the NCEC, to submit on their behalf.

How NCEC can support

SCIP database notification services


SVHC identification

We can evaluate your product portfolio and identify your compliance requirement.

Tailored assessment

No two companies are the same and neither are their products. We can offer you bespoke advice on how to reduce your regulatory burden through grouping, referencing and simplified notifications.

ECHA account creation

SCIP notifications require an EU legal entity as well as an ECHA IT account. We can help you create an account and appoint the NCEC as a ‘foreign user’, allowing the NCEC to notify on your behalf.

Data collection

We can provide guidance and assistance at every step while collecting the necessary data.

Dossier creation

Our experts are experienced in using IUCLID 6 and can create your dossiers on your behalf or support you in creating your own. 

Submission and updates

Using ECHA’s submission portal we can submit your dossiers and provide you with the submission report for proof of compliance. ECHA’s Candidate List is updated with new substances every six months. The NCEC can assess any new obligations and ensure that you do not fall out of compliance.

Key benefits of using NCEC’s SCIP dastabase notification services

  • Tailored support and guidance for product notifications – NCEC maintains an extensive database in conjunction with the ECHA lists – which holds the SVHCs on the Candidate List. A check against our database can help you better understand the composition of your products and enable you to submit your notifications.
  • Reduced time, expense and resource investment required to understand the complex nature of your products and the submission requirements of the database. Our expert team will be on-hand to help you through all the steps of the notification process.
  • Expert advice – our regulatory experts sit on the ECHA working groups and have been active in the guidance provided by ECHA on a variety of legislations. We can help you make informed and up-to-date decisions to enable compliance with the ever-changing regulatory landscape. Our in-depth knowledge of the global supply chain means we are ideally placed to assist you in understanding your obligations and prepare for any future changes.
  • Bespoke service – our services can be tailored to your specific needs. We can also provide consultancy support to help you undertake your own notifications.

Choosing NCEC to undertake a fully outsourced or support service means you’ll benefit from our experience, and reduce your notification time and cost, enabling your compliance with regulatory legislations.

If you require any further assistance regarding the SCIP database, how to make notifications to this database or want to find out how NCEC can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us using the form on the side or email us at [email protected].

Image source: European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)