ECHA to Build New Database for SVHCs in Articles

ECHA to Build New Database for SVHCs in Articles

The European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive 2018/851 calls for the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to establish a new, centralized database comprised of data from companies that produce, import or sell articles that contain listed substances in the EU.

The new ECHA database will be established, piloted and tested by January 5, 2020, then made available for use from January 5, 2021.

This new framework will require companies to strengthen their approaches to supply chain communication in order to promptly notify the ECHA about Candidate List substances in articles, effectively facilitating the surveillance of a product’s entire life cycle from production to end-of-life management.

The Purpose of the Database

The core objective of the new ECHA database is to transform waste management into sustainable material management by supporting efforts toward a circular economy through improvements to risk management of chemicals during waste recovery, and promoting non-toxic material cycles.

The ECHA will also give consumers access to the database, as the information can be used to help the public make more informed choices. It may also increase pressure on companies to find safer alternatives to SVHCs.

By empowering waste treatment operators to identify products that contain SVHCs, the new EU Waste Framework Directive provides increased environmental protection, additional safeguards for human health, more efficient use of natural resources, increased energy efficiency and reduced dependence on imported resources.

The Deadline Approaches

As more SVHCs are added to the Candidate List, companies will need to proactively track substances that may be subject to future regulation. Anyone placing products onto the EU market will need to provide data for the new ECHA database beginning on January 5, 2021.

The Assent Materials Declaration Tool can help companies collect comprehensive substance data from their suppliers, and have the data available and searchable for future reporting. Additionally, Assent’s REACH Module, part of the Assent Compliance Platform, automates the collection, validation and management of SVHC data from one centralized platform, making it easier to adapt to any additional reporting needs of the new ECHA database.

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