What is a poison centre?

Poison centres play an important role in ensuring the safe use of chemicals and formulating 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.

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

This website is established by the European Chemicals Agency to facilitate the implementation of new regulations on harmonised information by companies, appointed bodies and poison centres.