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Coalition calls on European Commission to postpone SCIP deadline

30 September 2020 News

A coalition of 40 industry organisations has written a letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calling for decisive action to solve implementation issues within the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD), specifically the Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database. The signatories include the European electronic component manufacturers association (ESIA), IPC (the global trade association serving the printed board and electronics assembly industries, their customers and suppliers) and SEMI (the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing and design supply chain).

The signatories want the SCIP notification deadline of 5 January 2021 to be postponed by at least 12 months, citing the fact that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) failed to finalise the database development to the required timescale of January 2020, preventing companies from developing, testing and adapting their own systems to meet the January 2021 notification deadline.

They also urged von der Leyen to take immediate action to conduct a study on the usefulness, feasibility, proportionality and impact of the database, and to instruct the ECHA to adapt the SCIP database according to the outcome of such study.

In a public statement, the coalition said, “Signatories have serious concerns regarding the workability, proportionality and value of the SCIP database, expressed repeatedly for the last two years, but their concerns have not been resolved by the European Commission, nor by ECHA.

“Contrary to the EU Better Regulation principles, Article 9.1 was added to the revised WFD during the final stage of the co-decision process without any prior stakeholder consultation or impact assessment. A proper impact study should help shape the way forward to deliver on the EU ambition for a circular European economy.




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