Why do you need to notify your mixtures to poison centres?
New requirements for notifying poison centres were introduced by a new Annex to EC Regulation 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP).
The new Annex, Annex VIII, relates to harmonised information for emergency health response and requires mixtures to be notified to poison centres. This is a new requirement so tools and information are constantly being updated.
What do companies need to do?
Importers and downstream users placing hazardous mixtures on the market, and distributors who modify the label or packaging for hazardous mixtures, need to notify the ingredients in those mixtures classified as hazardous for physical effects and/or health effects to each Member State poison centre.
What actions should companies take?
Review the list of mixtures and identify those that are hazardous for health and physical effects.
Notify poison centres in each Member State in which they are placed on the market.
Create a Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) and add it to the mixture’s label.
When do notifications need to be made to poison centres?
The deadline for industry to make notifications to poison centres in the new harmonised format depends on the mixture’s use.
There is a phased timeline for notification to the appointed body:
Consumer use — 1 January 2020
Professional use — 1 January 2021
Industrial use — 1 January 2024.
For those who have already made notifications to poison centres in accordance with Article 45(1) before the dates listed above, there is an extended deadline – all existing notifications must be updated to the new requirements by 1 January 2025.
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has produced a number of tools to implement the new regulations:
These feature articles give a summary overview of the new legal requirements to notify to poison centres:
Last reviewed 31 May 2019