ECHA receives 5m applications on harmful chemicals for new database

Author: Morgan Condon

2021/01/11

LONDON (ICIS)--EU chemicals companies have submitted information on more than 5m harmful chemicals to a database by regulator the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), it said on Monday.

New regulations for producers to submit data on substances of very high concern (SVHC) used in the EU market on the candidate list came into effect on 5 January under the Waste Framework Directive.

The substances of concern in products (SCIP) database will start to be published in the coming months to increase transparency on chemicals of concern.

By making this information available, ECHA hopes to help consumers make informed decisions and improve waste operators’ recycling processes.

ECHA has published manuals, webinars and tips to help companies complete submissions, and there is a helpdesk to help individual companies with specific issues.

“Forward-looking companies have already sent the requested information to us and contributed to a safer circular economy," said ECHA's executive director, Bjorn Hansen.

"I encourage all companies to follow their example and play their part in increasing the knowledge we have on hazardous chemicals in products.”