SCIP stands for Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products) and it is a database that contains information about substances of concern in articles, as such, or in complex objects.
It all stems from the revision of the Waste Framework Directive, 2008/98/EC as amended by Directive (EU) 2018/851 of 30/05/2018.
With a view to enhancing circular economy, based on the concepts of recovery and reuse, the presence of hazardous substances can make waste unsuitable for recycling or the production of high-quality secondary raw materials.
EU Directive 851 sets two important objectives in this regard:
To achieve them, the Directive states to:
SCIP stems from Article 9 of the Directive, which fulfils the above requirements and is taken up in Italy by the modification of Article 180 of Law Decree 152/2006 (Consolidated Environmental Law) as amended by Law Decree 116/2020.
The database must contain information regarding only SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern) and those on the Candidate List, i.e., the list of substances that may become extremely harmful.
SVHCs are usually those substances that meet the criteria for classification as carcinogenic, mutagenic, or toxic to reproduction (CMR), category 1A or 1B under the CLP Regulation, or persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) substances according to the REACH Regulation (Annex XIII), or again, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) or substances of particular concern identified on a case-by-case basis (sensitizers, etc.).
As of 5 January 2021, all companies in the EU that
articles containing substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in concentrations greater than 0.1% (by weight) are obliged to report the said articles in the SCIP database.
Companies that are required to notify ECHA’s SCIP database of the possible presence of SVHC substances in their sold products must necessarily manage the process of mapping the complex articles and items sold and periodically collect information from their suppliers. Managing hundreds, sometimes thousands of items associated with as many suppliers, often stored in different databases or on not checked spreadsheets, inevitably leads to huge inefficiencies within organizations.
The new SCIP Management module eliminates the exchange of information emails between the company and its product suppliers for the periodic updating of the hazardous substances database by automating the collection of information from the supplier directly through the Q-81 Portal. Suppliers access an area reserved for them to be able to communicate their SCIP notifications and their status with respect to the substances contained in their supplied items. The client manages and adjusts periodic communications with suppliers and customers, oversees the status of compilation and response by all suppliers, and intercepts potential risk situations. The SCIP Management Module allows easy and accurate extrapolation of the information flows that contribute to the compilation of the database
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