Poison centres Annex VIII August and September 2020 round-up

Poison centres Annex VIII August and September 2020 round-up
30 September 2020

Slovenia and Poland are now accepting Annex VIII portal submissions

In August,  the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published version 3.6 of the ‘Overview of Member States decisions in relation to implementation of Annex VIII to CLP Regulation (Poison Centre Notification)’. The document provides a summary of how Member States are implementing Annex VIII through the ECHA’s harmonised submission portal, including whether they are ready to receive notifications from the portal. You can read the entire document here.

The biggest change is Slovenia and Poland joining the growing list of countries accepting notifications through the portal.

Neither country is currently charging a fee for submissions. However, Slovenia and Poland are only accepting notifications in their national language, making them the first Member States not accepting English language notifications. This will require industry to start using the multilingual text entry fields in the portal. 

Slovenia and Poland join the following Member States who are accepting Annex VIII notifications through the portal now:

Countries now accepting harmonised notifications
Denmark 20/06/2020
Estonia 04/07/2020
Germany 04/07/2020
Lithuania 06/07/2020
Slovenia 03/08/2020
Poland 19/08/2020

Poison centre notification deadlines:

  • 1 January 2021 – Consumer and professional use mixtures.
  • 1 January 2024 – Industrial use mixtures.
  • 1 January 2025 – For those who completed Member State notifications under the current national systems.

The January 2025 deadline is only valid for Member State product notifications that are completed on the existing national systems before 31 December 2020. 

How to remain compliant?

With the January 2021 deadline now just 3 months away, businesses should be giving serious consideration to how they intend to stay compliant going into 2021. Here at NCEC, we believe that the best advice we can give to our customers is to notify now and benefit from the extended deadline of 2025. There are various benefits of notifying now such as potential cost benefits and greater confidentiality. You can read more about these benefits here

How can NCEC help? 

NCEC’s experts have a number of options to assist your organisation with the poison centre notification process. These include:

  • Notifying on your behalf through ECHA’s harmonised submission portal in line with Annex VIII.
  • Notifying now through the national notification processes across Europe extending your Annex VIII notification deadline until 2025.
  • Training courses on using the portal to help you do these in house.

If you’re unsure what is the best way forward for your business, need any assistance in understanding Annex VIII, what it could mean for your organisation or require help for your poison centre notifications, then please don’t hesitate to contact us through the form on the side or email us at [email protected]. You can also visit our poison centre webpage for more information.