What is the purpose of the SCIP database?

The SCIP database is based on the Waste Framework Directive, part of the 2018 EU waste package. In the long term, transparency about hazardous substances should increase the incentive to replace them with harmless substances. Therefore, the database will also be made accessible to consumers.

This objective also coincides with that of the REACH Regulation, which places the burden of proof on companies to control hazardous chemicals in their products. Companies must therefore justify to ECHA how certain substances can be used safely. 

Another aim of the SCIP database is to provide waste management companies in particular with information on how to improve waste treatment. 

Last but not least, with the information from the database, authorities can better monitor the use of substances of concern in articles throughout their life cycle.