Tips on how to safely include SVHC in your product to the European Union

Tips on how to safely include SVHC in your product to the European Union

The European Union is a huge market with diverse requirements and demands. Having to establish a trade relationship with the EU is a great advantage for any trader. But the regulations and concerns in doing business with the EU are pretty stringent. Especially, when it comes to SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) the rules are tight. 

But this doesn’t mean that the options to trade are limited by any means. If you are a supplier or manufacturer planning to or already having trade relations with the EU, then the best way to handle all the compliance intricacies involved in handling SVHC is to hire an agency. 

Some agencies like Enviropass have a detailed Enviropass REACH SCIP database that is in the public domain. 

Things to know about the SCIP database

The SCIP database contains all the information about the SVHC and the permissible amounts of each substance in components. All the companies who wish to establish a trade relationship with the EU are mandated to update their SCIP database. 

The details required in the SCIP database are pretty much the same as the REACH regulations. But SCIP collects specific data of each component and the amount of SVHC tolerance breach in each of them. 

The database also requires the manufacturer to declare the SVHC level in each step of manufacturing. An expert agent can help you to consolidate all this data and prepare a professional SCIP database for your company.

How to identify SVHC in your product?

Identification and evaluation of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in the product you manufacture or supply are crucial. 

SVHC can be identified by detailed study/research through the REACH database. Once you finalize that there is the presence of SVHC in your product and its components, then it is mandatory to follow the SCIP database rules and regulations. 

SVHC is allowed in components up to a certain limit with a threshold value of 0.1%. Since the REACH SVHC list is updated every six months, your SCIP database also requires regular updating. 

As a busy business person, it will not be possible to keep track of the updates regularly. So, it’s best to hire an agency to do the work for you. They can assist you in framing the SCIP data, analyzing the changes, and updating them regularly. 

All in all, remember that doing trade with the EU can be a turning point in your business until you adhere steadfastly to the norms and regulations stipulated by authorities. 

Kyle Christie

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