What is a poison centre?

Poison centres play an important role in the safe use of chemicals and formulate preventive and curative measures in case of poisoning incidents. They provide medical advice to general consumers and physicians on health emergencies arising from exposure to hazardous chemicals or to other toxic agents.

Poison centres in the EU answer on average       600 000 calls for support per year. Roughly half of the cases are related to accidental exposures involving children. Under the CLP Regulation (Article 45), economic operators placing certain hazardous mixtures on the market have to provide information to national appointed bodies. This information is used by the poison centres.

This website is established by the European Chemicals Agency to host the tools to support companies to submit information in a harmonised format to the appointed bodies and poison centres.

EU countries vote in favour of the European Commission’s proposal to harmonise hazard and safety information for use by Poison Centres

(21 September 2016) EU countries have voted in favour of a Commission proposal which will improve the availability of information on chemicals, needed in case of poisoning. This harmonisation will lead to better health protection for EU citizens and at the same time save EU producers and importers of chemical mixtures approximately €550 million annually.