The SCIP database is the new approach of the European Union to smartly manage the use of hazardous waste materials and chemicals. It stands for Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products). The main aim of this is to make people aware of the restricted substances and materials and the impact of these substances on the environment and the natural habitat. We have seen a striking increase in waste substances and the hazardous chemicals emitting from them, endangering the environment. Thus, initiatives such as the SCIP should be encouraged and taken seriously.
- Significance of SCIP
The impact of potentially hazardous substances on the environment can be extreme and can lead to environmental deterioration. The recent decades have seen a massive amount of pollution and we have thus come to realize the immediate need for initiatives like the SCIP or REACH. So by propagating the usage and disposal information about the SCIP items, the consumers, as well as the waste operators, can ensure all the possible preventive steps to reduce the health and environmental impacts of the hazardous substances.
In this regard, the Enviropass SCIP database will ensure that information such as article identification, concentration range, and location of the SVHC is available throughout the lifecycle of the articles and materials including at the waste stage. This information will assist the waste operators to develop their waste recycling and separation techniques.
The SCIP database, therefore, enables the transition to more sustainable material management by improving the efficacy of resource usage.
- What all companies come under the SCIP database?
The kinds of companies that are required to participate in the EU SCIP database are the ones selling products containing substances of very high concern (SVHC). These companies should evaluate their SCIP requirements. Also, companies whose products contain SVHC’s in a concentration above the threshold limit are supposed to submit documentation to the ECHA SCIP database, which includes the manufacturers, importers, and distributors.
The retailers who directly supply products and items to the consumers without making any alterations are the only ones excluded from participating in the EU SCIP database.
Companies, therefore, need to evaluate their SCIP requirements and submit documentation in order to avoid penalties and extreme environmental hazards. Besides, with the amount of pollution already prevalent, we need such strong initiatives to keep a check on harmful chemical emissions.