New EPN Release Brings SCIP Support and Process Automation

Right on schedule, the team at opesus released a new major version (3.2.10) of opesus EHS Product Notification (EPN).  EPN is now used by more than 60 customers to report product data to ECHA, making it the market-leading software for companies using SAP. Read more

Looking back on the ChemAcademy CLP Art. 45 Workshop

On the 4th and 5th of May, ChemAcademy hosted the CLP Art. 45 Workshop. Opesians Markus Pogrzeba and David Köhler led the web conference and provided the framework for the workshop. Read more

Product and Poison Centres Notification Conference 2020 – Feedback from participants

When we had to decide to cancel the conference in Frankfurt in order to switch to an online event, it was not easy for us. The personal exchange between customers, interested parties and partners is very important to us. As you know, our corporate philosophy is based to a large extent on precisely this personal and direct contact. Read more

Following the SCIP Track at the opesus Product and Poison Centres Notification Virtual Conference 2020

The goal to look from all angles at upcoming regulatory requirements and possible solutions for the notification of products (including the notification to the SCIP database) was achieved for sure at the opesus Product and Poison Centres Notification Virtual Conference 2020 on May 18th and 19th. Attendees got informative contents, interesting presentations and enjoyed the relaxed course of the whole event. Since almost all the 140 participants stayed online until the very end of the Q&A and collaboration sessions, a large part of the current questions on the topic could be collected and answered. Read more

SCIP Database: Protecting Confidential Business Information (CBI)

SCIP database is developed under the Waste Framework Directive to take a step towards a circular economy. With the SCIP database, the product lifecycle is completed with information on substances of concern in articles. One of the things that is a hot topic of discussion is dissemination of information and protecting confidential business information (CBI).

SCIP: Who will get access to the submitted data?

From 5 January 2021, suppliers of articles are obligated to submit notification to the SCIP database. The SCIP database is accessible by the following groups of people:

  • Waste Operators
    Information in the SCIP database are meant to support compliant re-use and increase recycled materials.
  • Consumers
    One of the purposes of the SCIP database is to empower consumers to make informed choices on purchasing and to assist them in disposing articles safely.
  • Authorities
    Authorities can access the data in the SCIP database to assist them with regulatory actions such as to monitor SVHCs and address any required regulatory actions. Additionally, they could use the available information to support waste policy decisions.

As the SCIP database does require quite some detailed information, it is naturally a concern for many companies who are affected by the SCIP requirement.

How does ECHA protect my confidential business information (CBI)?

The central element in the protection of CBI is to avoid the disclosure of links between the actors in the supply chain and information on supply sources. The information required to be submitted to the SCIP database can generally be structured into four categories of information: article identification, concern elements, safe use information, and other . According to the presentation on CBI by ECHA, all these categories of information will be available on the SCIP database except for the following elements:

  1. The link between the notification and its submitter, i.e. legal entity.
  2. In case of submissions for complex objects, only the identifiers and names for the top level article, i.e., the complex object, will be disclosed. For its complex object components, only the name and the article category are disclosed.

Get information on what companies can do to protect CBI at our conference

With the steps that ECHA takes, companies should have a clear strategy on what and how to report their data. Especially that which will be  publicly accessible. For example, ensure that none of the free-text fields, disassembly instructions, etc. that you provide in a SCIP submission contain confidential business information.

What can your company do to protect CBI? How can you manage this information within your SAP system? These are just some of the questions that our upcoming conference will explore. Join us!

Useful Links

Conference Preview: Comparing WFD, REACH, EU-RoHS

The revised Waste Framework Directive (WFD) requires the establishment of a database for information on substances of concern in articles as such or in complex objects (products) (SCIP). The goal of this database is to improve the transparency on hazardous substances in articles for waste operators, authorities and consumers. Read more

Poison Centre Notifications Best Practices: pH Value

It is common knowledge now that the data requirements for submitting a dossier in the poison centre notification (PCN) format is extensive. Besides the new data points such as the UFI and EU Product Category, the PCN format requires full composition of the product and other data such as pH value and hazard classification. Read more

Product and Poison Centre Notifications Virtual Conference 2020 supported by VCI

The coronavirus has forced most of us to spend our lives inside and online to stop the spread and flatten the curve. In light of the global pandemic, our upcoming conference will not be held in Frankfurt, but as an online conference! Read more

ECHA SCIP Database Prototype Webinar

On 17th March, ECHA held a webinar where they introdcued the SCIP database prototype. With more than 250 people listening in, the webinar was very well attended. The prototype of the SCIP database was released a month ago to allow duty holders to familiarize themselves with the process of preparing and submitting dossiers in a test environment. Read more

Working at opesus in times of Coronavirus

How have you done so far in the first and hopefully only pandemic of our lives? What a surreal situation! We hope, you are well!

Like many others, the CEO and the team of opesus had to make some difficult decisions and adapt their behavior to the new situation. How do we handle customer appointments? How will we continue to work in the coming weeks? What will happen to the major events we had planned for 2020? We are following the developments around the virus closely and would like to inform you about the measures we have taken to protect everybody’s health as well as keeping up our work. Read more