European Poison Notifications: ECHA Submission Portal Updated

November 18, 2019

An updated version of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Submission Portal for European poison notifications has been released.  The improvements include:

  • System-to-system service, which allows companies who have decided to prepare their notifications in their own IT-systems to automate their submission to the Member State bodies through the portal.
  • Upgrade of the poison centre notification (PCN) format to include, for example, new EU Hazard statements and flammable gas categories as well as updating the languages to reflect internationally recognized codes (ISO 639 codes).
  • New features in the dossier preparation tool including the marking of some mandatory fields, new update reason "correction of error," and a new contact type "dossier contact."

How Exponent Can Help

Exponent can assist you with the notification and submission of the data required for your mixtures/products.

The deadlines for reporting data for mixtures to the European Poison Notification System (According to Annex VIII to CLP) depend on the intended use of the mixture/products:

  • January 1, 2021: consumer and professional uses
  • January 1, 2024: industrial use only

The data required includes company VAT No. (value added tax number), formulation number, label elements (CLP information), product safety data sheet (SDS), product specification, packaging information and the product category, according to the harmonized European product categorization system (EuPCS). The process involves generating a unique formula identifier (UFI) and preparing a poison centre notification (PCN). Exponent can provide guidance on the data requirements and assistance generating the UFI and preparing and submitting the PCN.

Exponent's Chemical Regulation experts specialize in timely, high-quality, creative, and practical solutions to problems that affect our clients' ability to conduct business globally. Our experienced staff includes both technical and regulatory consultants who are experienced in dealing with pesticide and non-pesticide products, including conventional chemicals, biochemicals, agrichemicals, microbials, antimicrobials, consumer products, and biotechnology products.

We have several years' experience preparing national PCNs for most of the EU Member States, which makes us well placed to assist you with your PCN for the new EU harmonised system.