We’d say momentum is building, but that would be an understatement.

On Dec. 16, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) reported that, 50 days after the launch of the SCIP (Substances of Concern in Products) database, companies across Europe have submitted a little over 2 million notifications. As highlighted in the database, 97% of those of those notifications came from companies using BOMcheck.

Companies are using BOMcheck to submit SCIP notifications in every European Union member state and across all industry sectors. The majority of these SCIP notifications, over 1.4 million notifications (74%), have been made by companies supplying mechanical products. Suppliers in the automotive industry have used BOMcheck to submit over 420,000 SCIP notifications (22%) and suppliers in the aerospace industry have submitted over 82,000 SCIP notifications (6%).

Starting Jan. 5, 2021, all companies supplying products in the European Union are required to report information into the new ECHA SCIP database about any products that include any articles that contain Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Candidate List substances above 0.1%. 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, the supplier of the finished product that contains affected articles, and resellers and distributors who supply the finished product to retailers.

The automotive industry has driven 420,000 SCIP submissions through BOMcheck.

The BOMcheck blockchain web database is an official member of the ECHA IT User Group, and Sphera has led industry discussions about the design of the database and how ECHA can develop technical solutions to simplify companies’ notifications to the SCIP database, including the system-to-system integrated submission service. On May 27, 2020, BOMcheck became the first organization to launch a system-to-system integration to the SCIP database. On Sept. 4, ECHA invited Sphera to demonstrate our SCIP compliance solution to the ECHA IT User Group and explain how all industry sectors can automatically roll up and submit SCIP data across their supply chains.

The prototype SCIP database was launched in February 2020, and the live SCIP database was launched on Oct. 28, 2020, for companies to begin entering data before the Jan. 5, 2021, deadline. Combined with the BOMcheck supply chain tracking database, our system-to-system integration allows companies to submit thousands of notifications at once. The integration matches the data requirements of the SCIP database, works with ECHA to manage the connections to the SCIP database on behalf of the member companies, and prepares and submits the SCIP notification dossiers automatically.

“Siemens Healthineers uses BOMcheck to automatically submit our product dossiers to the ECHA SCIP database for all our 27 legal entities across Europe, under the management of our parent company Siemens Healthineers AG. BOMcheck enables Siemens Healthineers to reuse submissions made by our suppliers for their component parts in BOMcheck. We recommend BOMcheck as a practical and cost-effective solution for our suppliers to meet legal obligations.” 

—Johann Russinger, senior director global EHS,
Siemens Healthineers

Johann RussingerSiemens Healthineers

Aidan Turnbull

Aidan Turnbull

Aidan Turnbull is co-chair of the IPC-1752 international standard and director of BOMcheck.net. He looks at how ECHA is simplifying companies’ notifications to the SCIP database and how a new industry standard enables the BOMcheck supply chain tracking software to submit data automatically to the SCIP database.

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