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Poison Centre Notifications Guidance Update

Poison Centre Notifications Guidance Update

ECHA has published an update to the Guidance on Poison Centre Notifications.

The guide is an orientation document on the European harmonised information relating to emergency health response – Annex VIII to CLP, that aims to help users subject to regulation to comply with their obligations.

Since its first version in February 2019, the document has been updated in consultation with ECHA partners. ECHA has now published version 4.0 of the Guidance on Poison Centre Notifications, which addresses problems and solutions identified by certain industrial sectors in the harmonized notification process.

See the updated guidance here.

If you need assistance on your company’s Poison Centre Notifications (PCN), please contact Chementors so our specialists can handle all PCN matters for you according to ECHA’s requirements.

 

Upcoming changes to REACH information requirements

Upcoming changes to REACH information requirements

The European Commission has revised certain information requirements for registering chemicals under REACH. The changes will start to apply in early 2022 and companies need to start preparing. ECHA will publish more advice in late 2021.

The update of the REACH annexes clarifies the information companies need to submit in their registrations and makes ECHA’s evaluation practices more transparent and predictable. The law comes into effect on 8 July 2021 and will apply from 8 January 2022.
The main changes concern:
  • requirements for surface tension and water solubility of metals and sparingly soluble metal compounds;
  • requirements for in vitro testing for eye irritation and in vivo testing for skin or eye irritation;
  • requirements and adaptations for 28-day and 90-day repeated dose toxicity studies;
  • specific rules for adapting reproductive toxicity studies;
  • general rules for adaptation based on:
    • use of existing data;
    • weight of evidence;
    • substance-tailored exposure-driven testing; and
    • grouping of substances – in particular, those of unknown or variable composition, complex reaction products and biological materials (UVCBs);
  • new rules for adapting studies on fate and behaviour in the environment based on a low octanol-water partition coefficient;
  • new specific rules for adapting for dissociation constant and viscosity; and
  • additional requirements for human health and environmental testing to be performed at appropriately high dose levels.
ECHA is updating its guidance materials and will publish more advice to registrants towards the end of 2021.
Source: echa.europa.eu

SCIP notifications of SVHC substances on the EU market

SCIP notifications of SVHC substances on the EU market

EU importers and EU manufacturers now have obligations according to the REACH Regulation ((EC) No 1907/2006) and the Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC) which requires the determination of chemicals contained in their products. During this process it is important to submit a SCIP notification to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA), if certain regulatory criteria are met.

The SCIP notification obligation facilitates the flow of information on substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in articles. The aim is to make information on SVHCs more available during the product life cycle, including the waste phase. In addition, the database aims to promote the substitution of SVHCs by safer alternatives.

The SCIP notification obligation applies to suppliers of articles if the article contains more than 0.1% by weight of SVHC. Manufacturers and assemblers, importers and distributors in the EU and other actors in the supply chain who place articles on the EU market are required to submit the notification. Dealers who supply articles directly and only to consumers are not required to submit data to the SCIP database

Find out more about SCIP notifications and contact us for further information and assistance.

Poison Centre Notifications are here

Poison Centre Notifications are here

Since 1 January 2021, importers and downstream users are obligated to notify their mixtures in a harmonised format and unique formula identifiers (UFIs) must be included on mixture labels. This is an important change for companies placing hazardous mixtures on the market.

Most EU countries are now accepting notifications through the ECHA Submission portal. ECHA’s overview of Member States that accept them is updated regularly. The overview and contacts of the national authorities can be found on ECHA’s national support page.

Almost 350 000 notifications were submitted by the year end via the ECHA Submission portal, although the duty to notify in the harmonised format only took effect on 1 January 2021. In addition, ECHA Helpdesk received more than 1 000 questions related to poison centre notifications in the past few months.

Chementors is fully equipped with expert knowledge and software solutions for the Poison Centre Notifications. Contact us for help and information about our PCN service for tailored assistance based on your notification needs.

Find out more about our PCN service here.

Source: ECHA

What is the UFI code?

What is the UFI code?

UFI is an acronym for Unique Formula Identifier. The UFI will primarily be used by poison centres in the event of an emergency call. For example, the UFI can be read directly from the label of a product to a poison centre operator in addition to the trade name to precisely identify the product involved in an incident.

The UFI code must either be printed or affixed to the label of all products containing hazardous mixtures. If the products are not labeled (this is the case with certain industrial products), the UFI identifier can be also found in the safety data sheet.

Importers and downstream users who place hazardous mixtures on the market must provide the poison centers with specific product information of the mixtures, including the UFI. You can find the UFI Generator and the user guide on ECHA’s Poison Centres website in 23 EU languages.

For mixtures not yet on the market, your obligations to submit harmonised information and place the UFI on the label will apply from:

  • 1 Jan 2021 (consumer use)
  • 1 Jan 2021 (professional use)
  • 1 Jan 2024 (industrial use)

If you have existing mixtures already on the market, you may benefit from a transitional period which ends 1 Jan 2025. This means that after this date, all mixtures classified for health or physical effects will be required to bear the UFI on the label.