Change in the labeling of hazardous mixtures
From 2020, a new code will appear on the label of products that are classified as dangerous on the basis of the so-called CLP Regulation (Regulation EC / 1272/2008 on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures), due to their consequences for health and their physical effects.
This code, better known as the UFI (Unique Formula Identifier), is a 16-character alphanumeric code that is divided into four blocks, separated by a hyphen. No rules have been laid down regarding the type and size of the letter, but the UFI must be clearly visible and legible on the product label.
Importers and downstream users who place such products on the market will have to provide the poison centers with specific product information (composition, trade name, color, packaging, product category and toxicological information, including the UFI code. The UFI code unambiguously links the product information to the product that you put on the market.
Tools and support for creating UFIs (UFI Generator and user manual) are available on the ECHA antidote centers website.
• For mixtures intended for consumer use, it is mandatory to notify the UFI and other product information in the new, standardized format by January 1st 2020 at the latest.
• For mixtures intended for professional use notification must be made by January 1st 2021 at the latest and for mixtures for industrial use by January 1st 2024 at the latest.
• For mixtures that are already on the market which must meet the requirements before the end of the transition period, which means that no later than January 1st, 2025, all the products in question must be labeled with the UFI listed.
Want to know more?
ECHA has prepared a short information brochure about this new labeling requirement.
IBE-BVI members can be sent this brochure upon simple request.
Want to know more about the CLP regulation? ECHA has also released version 3.0 of its "Guideline for the CLP Regulation" earlier this year. IBE-BVI members can also receive this introductory guideline upon simple request.