New EU database gives consumers access to information on hazardous chemicals in products


The European Chemicals Agency has launched a new online database called “SCIP”, which stands for “Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products)”. SCIP is the database for information on substances of concern in articles as such or in complex objects (products), established under the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC).

The public has been given access as of September 14, 2021 (see here). We believe that companies manufacturing and importing products into the EU should be aware of the SCIP database, as it will now be much easier for consumers, NGOs and the media to access information on products containing hazardous chemicals.

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The SCIP database:

  • aims to ensure that information on substances of very high concern (SVHCs) on the candidate list is available throughout the life cycle of products and materials, including in the waste phase;
  • encourages the replacement of these hazardous substances with safer alternatives in the production of articles; and
  • contributes to a better circular economy by helping waste managers ensure that such hazardous substances are not present in recycled materials.

Here you can find:

  • articles containing a substance of very high concern (SVHC) listed in the candidate list at a concentration greater than 0.1 percent by weight (w/w); or
  • complex articles (products) incorporating such articles that have been placed on the EU market.

SCIP is aimed at consumers. The idea is that easy access to information will help them make better informed choices and encourage companies to replace hazardous chemicals.

The information stored in the SCIP database is collected under EU waste regulations. Since January 5, 2021, companies are required to declare certain products manufactured or imported into the EU that contain chemicals designated as “substances of very high concern” in concentrations greater than 0.1 percent by weight. These declarations are then stored in the SCIP. Currently, the database contains more than 12 million entries.

  • You can find SCIP here
  • The current database (23rd of September 2021) already contains 4,690,790 results!