Poison centres – what does Annex VIII mean?

Poison centres – what does Annex VIII mean?
3 Nov 2020
4 Nov 2020

3 November, 13:00 – 16:00 GMT & 4 November, 13:00 – 16:00 GMT
Paid event: £195+VAT

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Under Annex VIII of the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) Regulation, there is an obligation to complete harmonised poison centre notifications via the European Chemical Agency’s (ECHA) submission portal. This applies to all hazardous chemical products being manufactured, imported or sold anywhere within the European Economic Area. 

During this virtual event, which takes place over two afternoons, NCEC’s regulatory specialists will be joined by experts from government bodies, competent authorities and industry leads. They will discuss the subjects below.

Current situation

Speakers will provide an overview of Annex VIII, the key points for business and the actions they need to take. This will include a summary of the most recent Member State positions with respect to transitioning to using the submission portal.

Poison centre tools

Experts will cover the IT tools provided to support the introduction of Annex VIII, including Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) generation, EU product categorisation and the submission portal itself.

Notification Information

Speakers will provide guidance on compiling information (e.g. how to declare enough information to stay compliant, but not revealing information that will be of benefit to competitors). They will also discuss how to maintain these notifications through the updates process.

Workability study

Discussion between panellists will be centred around providing solutions for industries with variable or complex formulas and exact compositions. They will also look at how changing supply chains can make the ingredients unpredictable. If you’re from an industry body and would like to join the panel discussion, please let us know.

Member State intentions

Representatives from various Member States will talk about their country’s adoption of the harmonised submission portal and any special considerations that businesses need to keep in mind when submitting notifications to them .

UK’s post-Brexit intentions

From 1 January 2021, poison centre notification processes for UK exporters to the EU and UK importers  from the EU will differ. Speakers will discuss the challenges this will bring for UK and EU-based companies and consider the impact it could have on Northern Ireland, which might have different arrangements to those in the rest of the UK.

Beyond Europe

Leaders from non-European regions will discuss how the poison centre notification network operates in their region. 

This virtual conference is aimed at anyone who is responsible for completing poison centre notifications for their company. It will also provide delegates with ample time to ask the experts any questions they might have. 

The delegate rate is £195+VAT for both days of the event.

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Caroline Raine
Associate Director – Regulatory, NCEC


Caroline has more than 15 years of experience in the regulatory field. She has worked closely with trade associations, provided legislation advice to the Department for Transport (DfT) working party on transport regulations and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) chemical stakeholder forum. Caroline also sits on ECHA working groups and has been active in the guidance provided by ECHA for poison centre notifications.

Simon Cook 
Regulatory consultant, NCEC

Simon has been instrumental in helping clients complete poison centre notifications through the Member State systems. He is also preparing the NCEC Poison Centre Team for the transition to the harmonised submission portal. 

Details about other speakers who will be joining the summit will be announced on this page soon!

Remember, all mixtures for consumer and professional use must have a poison centre notification completed by the 1 January 2021 to continue legally trading chemicals in the EEA. 

Brexit is going to have a massive impact for any company whose products cross the UK/EU border and it is therefore critical that organisations put a plan in place to continue legally trading their chemical products in both regions after 2020.

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