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Updated Guidance on harmonized information relating to emergency health response published

Updated Guidance on harmonized information relating to emergency health response published

An updated version of the Guidance on harmonized information relating to emergency health response – Annex VIII to CLP (Version 2.0) is now available. The aim of this guidance is to clarify and assist companies, appointed bodies and poison centres in the implementation of the new tasks and requirements outlined in Annex VIII to the CLP Regulation.

The amended CLP Regulation provides that ECHA specifies the harmonized format (i.e. Poison Centres Notification (PCN) format) for the preparation of information by economic operators about mixtures that are placed on the EU market and classified as hazardous based on their health or physical effects.

Annex VIII foresees ECHA to facilitate the submission of information. For this purpose, a centralised Submission Portal, which is a submission system that could be used as an alternative to the national submission systems where available (it is at the discretion of each Member State to indicate which system is to be used).

The date of applicability will apply in a stepwise manner, according to the use type of the mixture i.e. consumer, professional or industrial use. Importers and downstream users placing mixtures on the market not notified already under national legislation must comply with Annex VIII of the Regulation from the following dates:

  • Mixtures for consumer use: from 1 January 2020.
  • Mixtures for professional use: from 1 January 2021.
  • Mixtures for industrial use: from 1 January 2024

Where a mixture has several types of use, the earlier corresponding date of applicability applies and related requirements must be met. Note that by 1 January 2025 a submission must be made for all mixtures on the market according to the harmonized Annex VIII requirements.

Before these dates, mixtures continue to be subject to existing national requirements and duty holders should contact the appointed body in the country of interest for further information.

 

Please contact our CLP experts if you need any assistance on this matter. We will be pleased to help.

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