THE IMPORTANCE OF A UNIFIED PCN IN EUROPE
The ultimate goal of the PCN in Europe is to establish preventive and curative measures that need to be taken when the health of one or more persons is endangered through contact with a hazardous mixture. These measures can only be taken when there is sufficient and correct information available about the product containing the specific mixture. Who is responsible for providing this information? The stricter CLP legislation states that all companies that market and/or import products containing hazardous mixtures are obliged to provide sufficient and correct information about the product. The companies that can be held accountable to this are called duty holders. These companies will be held accountable when information about the product is not correct or sufficient. The unified PCN in Europe is thus established in the interests of user safety. One of the most important aspects of the PCN in Europe is the UFI code. We would like to tell you more about this code.
WHY IS THE UFI CODE SO IMPORTANT?
As we have just briefly mentioned, the UFI code is extremely important for any PCN in Europe. But why is that? The UFI code was introduced by the European government, because poison notification centers experienced difficulty in identifying the composition of a mixture. To facilitate this process, it was decided that every mixture of hazardous substances should be given an alphanumeric code: the Unique Formula Identifier code, or UFI code for short. This code is applied or printed on the label of the product in which the mixture is contained. Those calling the poison centre in the event of a calamity can subsequently read this code from the label. This makes it much easier for the poison centre to determine which mixture is involved in the calamity and therefore the right measures can be taken more quickly. However, the UFI code is not a replacement for the identification of a mixture composition, but a supplementary tool.
The most important aspect concerning the UFI codes is that a certain code remains valid as long as the composition of the mixture remains unchanged. It is therefore possible that the name or the packaging of a product changes, but that the UFI code remains the same. However, if there is a change in the composition of the product or if an extra element is added to, replaced and/or removed from the mixture, then the UFI code is no longer valid. In that case, a new UFI code must be created. Also the product will have to be re-registered to comply with the PCN in Europe. So in short, a UFI code is linked to a specific formulation and not to a product or brand name. This makes it an indispensable part of the PCN in Europe.
The SDS Factory OFFERS YOU HELP WITH THE STRICTER PCN IN EUROPE
At SDS Factory, we understand very well that registering a product with the PCN in Europe has become an administrative nightmare for most companies. Due to stricter laws and regulations, you have to provide much more information in the new portal. Just the administration of all UFI codes and formulation numbers is already a day’s work. Besides, each individual country can also request additional information on the format. This usually means that you spend even longer applying for a PCN verification in Europe than before. But this is where we at the SDS Factory can and will assist you. With our years of experience and expertise in the field, we can simplify the process for you. We are committed to make working with hazardous substances safer for everyone involved.