Poison Centres Notification

From 1st January 2021, companies placing hazardous mixtures on the European market (intended for consumer or professional use) must submit information on these mixtures using the harmonised Poison Centres Notification format. The required information is detailed in Annex VIII of the CLP Regulation.

Submissions can be made using ECHA’s PCN portal, or through national submission systems, provided that the harmonised format is used.

The harmonised format is being introduced in order to address inconsistencies in the way in which key information relating to hazardous substances is currently made available across different member states.

From 1st January 2021, it will also be necessary to update labelling for hazardous mixtures intended for consumer and professional use, to include a 16-character “unique formula identifier” (UFI). The UFI can be generated via ECHA’s UFI Generator.

The original intention was to mandate the use of the harmonised PCN format for hazardous mixtures intended for consumer use from January 2020. However, in November 2019 the Commission agreed to push the deadline back to 1st January 2021, aligning with the deadline for mixtures intended for professional use. For mixtures intended for industrial use, the deadline is 1st January 2024.

For mixtures already on the market (and notified under national legislation), a transitional period applies, during which existing notifications remain valid. In such instances, the requirement to submit using the harmonised format (including adding the UFI to the label) will come into force from 1st January 2025.

In the meantime, and until 1st January 2021, information on hazardous mixtures should continue to be submitted according to national requirements.

Contact our expert John Hodgson for assistance with both current and future PCN requirements.