The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has now released the long-awaited submission portal for the harmonised method of submitting poison centre notifications – the tool went live on 24 April 2019 and is now usable.
In 2017, the European Commission released Regulation EU 2017/542 amending Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) by adding a new Annex – Annex VIII of CLP – on harmonised information relating to emergency health response.
The submission portal was then planned as a harmonised method of notifying all poison centres in the European Union. However in the past 2 years each Member State has implemented the need for mandatory poison centre notifications into their own national law, allowing poison centres to deal with emergencies from mixtures that are placed on the market in their country.
The release of the ECHA submission portal now completes the IT tools expected in regard to Annex VIII of CLP, including the Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) number generator and the European Product Categorisation System. The submission portal is now functioning and will enable those with an ECHA login to create notification ‘dossiers’ using the same software as REACH. NCEC's experts are monitoring the uptake of the tool and they have noticed there are countries that have not opted in or out of the harmonised system including France and Belgium.
Since 2017, Member States have required mandatory notifications and to date, NCEC has completed 30,000 of these notifications for clients. These completed notifications will make use of the transition period, which will end at the beginning of 2025. Please
contact us if you would like more information on the transition period or the new submission portal.
Go to the new submission portal
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