UFI 

The UFI code is included in the new PCN (Poison Centre Notification). The UFI code is an alphanumeric code of 16 characters long. It has an internal control key. This UFI code is assigned to a product for which a PCN verification is submitted. We are happy to provide more information about UFI and answer the most frequently asked questions. Are you still looking for more information? Then feel free to contact us, without obligation. We are happy to help!

The importance of a UFI code

The UFI must be placed on every label of dangerous mixtures. Why is this so important? By indicating the UFI code, dangerous substances can be directly identified. Each hazardous mixture has its own unique code, making it clear at a glance which hazardous substances someone is dealing with. Quick identification can be very important in the event of a calamity, as it means that correct and adequate action can be taken immediately.

The use of UFI

Creating a UFI is included in the new procedure for submitting a PCN. This procedure involves the notification of compositions to poison centres. There have been many developments in this area and the UFI code is one of them. The UFI code can be seen as an important component for notification in the new portal. This is because the unique formula identifier makes it easier to identify dangerous mixtures. We can imagine that there are many questions regarding the use of the UFI code. Therefore, we have listed some important questions and answers. Is your question not included? Then please contact one of our experts. We will be happy to tell you everything you need to know about the UFI!

How do you create a unique formula identifier (UFI)?

There are a number of steps involved in creating a UFI code. For example, you will need a VAT number and a formula number. A UFI can also be created without a VAT number. A Company Key is required for this. The creation of a UFI code is actually very simple. The administrative challenge lies in keeping track of the formulation numbers, linking UFIs to compositions and especially in keeping track of the changes. However, it is important to spend enough time on this, as it helps to maintain an overview, track changes and prevent the creation of duplicate UFIs. UFIs must be stated on the label of the product. If this is not the case, you are not complying with the legislation and regulations.

From when on should the UFI be shown on the product?

The UFI should be present on the product as soon as the product is registered via the new PCN portal, in line with the new legislation. The UFI code can be placed on the CLP label, or in the vicinity of the CLP label. The UFI is obligatory on the labels of all products that are classified as hazardous due to their potential health or physical risks. A UFI code is therefore always combined with a notification to the poison centre. Without notification, the use of a UFI code has no added value.

When did the UFI code become mandatory?

From 1 January 2021 all consumer mixtures and mixtures for professional use within the European Union must have an UFI code. For industrial use mixtures there is a deadline of 1 January 2024. Mixtures that are already on the market and have been notified according to the procedure applicable at the time can make the adaptions until 1 January 2025. From that date onwards, all products containing hazardous mixtures must have a UFI code on the label and must also be notified using the new format.

When do you need to create a UFI?

The UFI code is an important labelling element which has been added to the existing CLP labelling. You need to create an UFI if your company markets products containing dangerous substances. So, a UFI is mandatory on the label of mixtures placed on the market that are classified for physical hazards and/or health hazards. It may be possible that the same UFI code appears on several products. In this case, the formulation of the products, or in other words the composition, must be exactly the same. Please note that each different composition requires a different UFI code. The composition changes, for example, when an ingredient is added to the mixture, but also when an ingredient is omitted.  It is therefore necessary to pay close attention and keep the correct records.

The SDS Factory 

A UFI code ensures a quick identification of hazardous substances and mixtures. Would you like to know more about the UFI code or about the new Poison Center Notification? You can read all about it on our website. The specialists of SDS Factory offer support and advice on the laws and regulations concerning dangerous substances. Our mission is to make working with dangerous substances safer! Curious what we can do for you? Then please contact us. Our professionals are happy to help you.

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