Updates to EU Waste Rules Have Implications for Products Containing SVHCs

Updates to EU Waste Rules Have Implications for Products Containing SVHCs

During December 2017, the European Union (EU) Waste Framework Directive evolved to work in synergy with the EU 2018 Circular Economy Package. The changes have implications for both EU manufacturers, and companies that disclose Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) data to EU-based companies.

Legislators proposed updates to the following regulations:

  • Waste Framework Directive
  • Packaging Waste Directive
  • Landfill Directive
  • End-of-Life-Vehicle Directive
  • Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Directives
  • Batteries and Accumulators
  • Waste Batteries and Accumulators

The new rules establish legally binding targets for waste recycling, and propose a system in which recyclers can determine the SVHC content in products. They close the loop on a plan that EU legislators hope will foster a circular economy in which natural resources are reused and recirculated, leading to waste reduction, job creation and increased competition in the EU marketplace.

To learn more about how Assent can help your company collect and manage SVHC data, download the Product Compliance Guide.

Although the UK government hasn’t established a clear timeline, it has indicated it will be adopting the revisions to the waste framework directives. Key changes being implemented are:

  • Creation of a central European database to capture SVHC data on products
  • New binding targets to reduce waste
  • Better control of waste management
  • Increased reuse of products
  • Improved recycling systems within EU countries
  • Strict methods for calculating progress
  • Integration of environmental costs associated with goods into their market price

The change with the most implications for manufacturers is the establishment of a central EU database for EU waste recyclers to verify SVHC data. This means that any EU company that submits an Article 33.1 communication under the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation must also make the same submission to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) for inclusion in the database. Manufacturers based outside of the EU will still need to satisfy this requirement when they sell products into the region. These requirements will come into effect within 18 months of the new directives coming into force.

Leveraging Assent’s REACH Module can help you support this pending new requirement. The Assent Compliance Platform can automate collection of SVHC data, track substances that may be subject to future regulation and help you submit data to governing authorities from one efficient, secure cloud solution.

For an added layer of risk mitigation, Assent’s FMD solution enables customers to have supply chain data readily collected, available and searchable before substances are subject to regulation, so your company can easily assess the risk and reporting requirements associated with its products.

For more information about how Assent’s compliance experts can help your company respond to the quickly expanding landscape of product compliance regulations, contact us at info@assentcompliance.com.