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UFI code compliance date for industrial use approaching

A UFI code and poison centres notification (PCN) will be required for all dangerous chemicals classified as hazardous to health or posing a physical hazard from January 2024.

The transition period for chemicals that are only in industrial use is therefore coming to an end. Importers and downstream users of industrial use only mixtures need to be aware of the upcoming second poison centre compliance date.

UFI codes and PCN notifications must already be assigned to general-use products that do not benefit from the transition period.

Industrial use only mixtures are exclusively used at industrial sites and are not available to consumer or professional users either as a final product or in diluted form through reformulation (a mixture in mixture (MiM)).


UFI code transitional period

If an industrial use only mixture is on the market and already notified via national submission systems before the 2024 compliance date, it may benefit from the transitional period until 1 January 2025. This means that after this date, all notifications, regardless of the use type, will need to notified in the harmonised format.

Companies need to know that during the transitional period, should any modifications be made to the mixture's composition, product identifiers, classification (for health or physical hazards), or toxicological information, this will require a PCN notification before introducing the modified mixture to the market.


UFI code and industrial labelling

All hazardous mixtures requiring a notification must have a UFI code in both the PCN notification and on the product label so poison centres can establish the correct link between the product and the submitted data. However, if a hazardous mixture is used exclusively at an industrial site, the UFI code may be indicated in Section 1.1 of the Safety Data Sheet only and not on the label.

If the same mixture is available also for consumer or professional users, the UFI code is required on the label to ensure the commitment to safety for those users.


Main use from the European Product Categorisation System (EuPCS)

To identify the main intended use of a mixture, the most relevant category is selected from the EuPCS.

For example, if the mixture is primarily used for reformulation into other mixtures, choose "F – for further formulation." If the mixture has an end use, select the relevant category (e.g. automotive and aerospace coatings). If mixtures have multiple intended uses, it is possible to include secondary uses.


UFI code and PCN service

We offer UFI code and PCN services and we would be happy to arrange everything you need for your products.

Before you can start selling chemicals products in the EU, you must obtain the safety data sheet (SDS) and create a PCN notification (UFI code).

Our UFI & Poison Centre Submission Service includes:

- advising on UFI code / PCN requirements and how they impact your products,

- data gap analysis and compilation of required info,

- ECHA account management,

- application, validation and PCN submission,

- obtaining a notification confirmation (PCN number),

- consulting how to include UFIs on product labels.

You can read more about UFI code in our website.

If your company is not from the EU, we can create poison centres notifications in our company name. You can read more about UFI code and non-EU suppliers in our blog post.

Any confidential information submitted to us shall be treated as a trade secret and with all due care. We can also, at your request, sign a non-disclosure agreement.

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