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.
SCIP is the database for information on Substances of Concern In articles as such or in complex objects (Products) established under the 2018 revision to the Waste Framework Directive. From Jan. 5, 2021, all companies in Europe are obligated to submit information into the SCIP database for any products they supply which include articles that contain REACH Candidate List substances above 0.1%, with possible subsequent enforcement by Member State regulatory authorities. The reporting requirement applies to all companies in the supply chain including the original article supplier, suppliers of subassemblies and assemblies that contain affected articles, suppliers of finished products that contain affected articles and resellers and distributors who supply the finished product to retailers.
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.