Under Article 3(3) of REACH, an article is defined as an object which during production is given a special shape, surface or design which determines its function to a greater degree than does its chemical composition.
As of January 5th, 2021, the EU’s Waste Framework Directive (WFD) article 9(2) mandates that if you manufacture or import articles into the EU, or place those articles onto the EU Market, you must notify those products to ECHA’s Substances of Concern in Products (SCIP) database if the following conditions are met:
- The product contains a substance listed on ECHA’s Substances of Very High Concern List (SVHC)
- The concentration of that substance within an article exceeds 0.1% by weight.
Additionally, there may also be supply chain communication requirements under REACH to notify your downstream users and customers to the presence of identified SVHCS, and provide instructions on safe use.