Sphera recently attended two virtual events: The Chemical Watch Chemicals Management for Electronics Europe 2020 and the Chemical Watch ECHA SCIP Database Cross-sector Conference. Aidan Turnbull, Sphera’s senior director of client services, spoke at both events. Here’s a quick recap.
At the Chemical Watch Chemicals Management for Electronics Europe 2020 conference, Therese Lilliebladh, the product requirement manager at IKEA of Sweden, presented on how IKEA works with its suppliers to phase out or substitute the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction on Chemicals (REACH) Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern in their supply chains and to contribute to a more sustainable and circular economy.
REACH, of course, is a European Union regulation that requires companies to keep tabs on the amount of chemicals being sold or distributed in the member states. This regulation enacted in 2007, requires companies to register all substances with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) when the chemicals in the products they manufacture in or import to the EU exceeds a designated threshold. In May 2018, that threshold dropped dramatically to just 1 ton per year. Sphera’s Aidan Turnbull followed Lilliebladh’s presentation and provided further details about how IKEA is implementing BOMcheck as their collaboration platform to provide regulatory training and chemicals guidance to IKEA suppliers and to collect materials compliance declarations from IKEA suppliers. Turnbull also explained how IKEA uses the BOMcheck system-to-system integration with the ECHA SCIP database, which is short for Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products), to simplify IKEA’s notifications.
At the Chemical Watch ECHA SCIP Database Cross-sector Conference, Sphera worked with the Swedish Chemicals Agency, the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge of Spain, and the Ministry of Environment of Estonia for Aidan Turnbull’s presentation about the transposition of the SCIP requirements into national regulations in Sweden, Spain and Estonia. Turnbull explained how ECHA and the European Commission are working with European member states to harmonize the transposition of the SCIP reporting requirements into all national regulations across Europe. Turnbull also summarized the current transposition arrangements across Europe.