Notifications to Poison Centres need to be submitted by importers and downstream users placing mixtures classified for human health or physical hazards on the market. The obligation covers mixtures for consumer, professional and industrial use.
The EU harmonised notification requirement through Poison centres Notification (PCN) must be submitted through ECHA´S submission portal and will be applied from 1 January 2021. It is based on the Annex VIII to the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation.
Companies must provide the required information using the harmonised Poison Centres Notification (PCN) format. The format is XML-based and compatible with IUCLID.
MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR THE NOTIFICATION:
- Full chemical composition of the mixture – this means both the hazardous and non-hazardous components.
- Label your product with a unique formula identifier (UFI) – the UFI allows poison centres to rapidly identify the product
- Assign a product category according to the European Product Categorisation System (EuPCS).
WHEN DOES THE NOTIFICATION OBLIGATION START TO APPLY?
The date from which the obligation starts to apply depends on the end use of the mixture.
- Mixtures for consumer or professional use: 1 January 2021.
- Mixtures for industrial use: 1 January 2024.
Before the relevant applicability date, the mixture continues to be subject to existing national information requirements.
If a mixture has more than one of the above uses – whether through direct use or through its presence in a product manufactured further down the supply chain – the earliest date applies. Before the relevant applicability date, the mixture continues to be subject to existing national information requirements.
Mixtures already notified under national legislation remain valid until 1 January 2025. If there is a change to the mixture before this date, companies may need to make a notification based on the new information requirements according to Annex VIII.