France sets 01 January 2018 as poison centre notification deadline for businesses without RGS** certificate

01 March 2018 – This text ha s been amended to reflect that the deadline for submission without an RGS** certificate was the first 01 January 2018. This amend was made at the direct request of the INRS and supersedes previous communications between the INRS and NCEC, and other industry stakeholders, which had indicated that the final submission deadline would be the 01 March 2018.   

The National Research and Safety Institute for the Prevention of Occupational Accidents and Diseases (INRS – France) has announced that, as of the 01 January it will only accept notifications to poison centres in France submitted by organisations that have been granted a valid RGS** certificate, and which notify through the ‘Declaration Synapse’ web-portal.

The RGS** certificate costs approximately €200 and must be renewed annually. It is tied to a named individual within an organisation and cannot be transferred to another employee. The certificate can only be granted following a face-to-face identity verification with the named individual and must be formally approved by a senior member of staff at board level within the notifying company, who must also provide photographic identification.

Alternatively, businesses can outsource notification of their mixtures to a third party that has successfully applied for and been granted an RGS** certificate, such as the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC). This can reduce the cost, complexity and administrative burden associated with notification in France.

Under the Decree No. 2014-128 of 14 February 2014, information on hazardous mixtures, or trade-named substances, which have particular health or physical effect classifications that are placed on the market in France must be notified to the INRS. There are various deadlines for notifications in France, depending on a product’s classification under CLP. These are identified in NCEC’s poison centre compliance report.

Poison centres are bodies established by EU Member States under Article 45 of CLP which disseminate information to medical professionals and the public in the event of poisoning. Businesses must submit information on their mixtures to poison centres in the majority of Member States where they have products on the market, with the UK a notable exception where it is voluntary, but highly recommended by the Health and Safety Executive. Notification processes are set at national level and the requirements for industry, and the delivery of poison centre services, differs from Member State to Member State.

“The INRS has announced quite a radical change to the notification process for France” said Larissa Silver, NCEC Senior Consultant and Poison Centre Product Manager.

Where previously mixtures could be notified via email or post, any submissions made in this way after the 01 January deadline will be destroyed, leaving businesses at the risk of non-compliance. Alternatively, businesses can choose a trusted supplier to undertake their poison centre notification, such as NCEC, which can reduce the time and cost of notifying in France.”

NCEC is the leading provider of poison centre notification services and is one the few organisations that continually document and update industry on notification procedures for all EU Member States. NCEC undertakes notification for some of the world’s biggest chemical manufacturers, suppliers and distributors and can help to reduce the time and cost of notification and minimise the risk of non-compliance. NCEC maintains a valid RGS** certificate. 
 
To find out more about the poison center landscape, including an overview article 45 of CLP, who is responsible for notification- manufacturer, importer, downstream user as well as what should be notified, register for NCEC’s upcoming webinar.

Visit our poison centre home page to find out more about NCEC’s poison centre webinar series. Or to discuss your poison centre requirements and what INRS announcement means for your business in more detail, contact poisoncentres@ricardo.com.