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New requirements take effect: notify in the harmonised format and include a UFI on the label

Since 1 January 2021, importers and downstream users are obligated to notify their mixtures in a harmonised format and unique formula identifiers (UFIs) must be included on mixture labels. This is an important change for companies placing hazardous mixtures on the market.

Almost 350 000 notifications were submitted by the year end via the ECHA Submission portal, although the duty to notify in the harmonised format only took effect on 1 January 2021.

In addition, ECHA Helpdesk received more than 1 000 questions related to poison centre notifications in the past few months. While many asked about their obligations, others needed help with their submissions and how to overcome failures. The most common failures were: a mismatch of legal entities in the dossier and in the portal, resubmitting the same dossier twice and re-using PCN numbers for initial submissions.

Most EU countries are now accepting notifications through the ECHA Submission portal. Our overview of Member States that accept them is updated regularly. The overview and contacts of the national authorities are on our national support page. 

Tools and support to help you notify successfully

If you need to notify your mixtures in the new harmonised format, tools and step-by-step support are available on our website. You can also contact our helpdesk or join our LinkedIn community to get answers to your questions.