European Chemicals Agency Database Back to Development

European Chemicals Agency Database Back to Development

In January 2019, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Waste Framework Directive database for substances of very high concern (SVHCs) would be scaled back. The project has since resumed after the necessary resources were agreed upon with the European Commission, though funding has been reduced.

The requirement to create a central database of SVHCs was defined in the Euopean Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive 2018/851. The ECHA was given the task of designing and implementing this database to record SVHC data for all products manufactured, imported or supplied into the European Economic Area (EEA).

The database is being implemented in two stages. Stage 1, set to be completed by January 5, 2020, will consist of a prototype system that includes only existing requirements. Manufactured materials, imports and suppliers into the EEA will not yet have to be entered into the database.

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At an October 2018 stakeholder event in Helsinki, Finland, a number of concerns were raised over how the new database will function. Though these concerns were noted by the ECHA, they were not included as part of Stage 1 activities.

Stage 2 will include extensive testing and reworking of the database. Following the Stage 2 release on January 5, 2021, all new and existing products containing an SVHC that are manufactured, imported or supplied into the EEA will need to be reported in the new ECHA SVHC database.

The implementation for Stage 1 activities may be challenging due to the delay caused by reduced funding and resources. However, as funding and resources have since been agreed upon, the ECHA has stated that additional information will be published on its website in the summer of 2019.

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