On September 21, 2020, 40 EU and non-EU industry associations asked the European Commission to postpone the date for suppliers to start fulfilling their obligation of submitting information to the SCIP database beyond 5 January 2021.
The EU Commission declares that they understand the challenges that the companies are facing due to complex supply chains, the pandemic crisis and additionally the upcoming requirements set by Article 9 of the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). Yet the EU Commission is not empowered to modify neither the reporting obligation nor the date of January 5, 2021.
They further state that the EU Commission and ECHA have made every effort to achieve compliance with the legal obligation within the two-year time frame. ECHA has provided detailed information requirements for the SCIP database and in its SCIP format, as well as further guidance and supporting information, in a timely manner. The first version of the SCIP database has been available for testing since February 2020 and the SCIP database was opened for submission of notifications at the end of October, two months in advance.
There are still two months left to get prepared and find a solution to the reporting obligation for the SCIP database, which will apply from 5 January 2021. The EU Commission encourages companies to make every effort that is possible within these limits.