New format for notifying information on hazardous mixtures for poison centres



ECHA has released the Poison Centres Notification (PCN) format for submitting information on hazardous mixtures to the Member State appointed bodies.

The PCN format structures the information submitted to the Member State appointed bodies. The format has been organised based on the information and data requirements laid out in Annex VIII to the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. The information on hazardous mixtures classified for health or physical hazards is submitted to appointed bodies at national level. When ECHA’s central notification portal is developed submission through this portal will also be possible.

The information includes product identification (including a new label element – the unique formula identifier – UFI), hazard identification, composition and toxicological information.

This harmonisation ensures that the information available to medical personnel in poisoning incidents is consistent across the EU. It also allows importers and downstream users in different Member States to use the same submission or submission format for Member States.

The PCN format is compatible with IUCLID, a software that is developed at OECD level and promotes the harmonisation of information on chemicals. IUCLID is already used to record and maintain chemical information under REACH, CLP and the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).

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