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Poison Centres Notification format updated to version 1.1

Version 1.0 of the Poison Centres Notification (PCN) format was published in April 2018. A pilot project was launched shortly after in order to assess its usability, in collaboration with the relevant stakeholders in Industry, appointed bodies and poison centres. As a result, the identified fixes and improvements have now been taken into consideration and a slightly revised version (1.1) is available in the section dedicated to the PCN format on the Poison Centres website.

One modification made consisted in clarifying the way notification updates are recorded in the format, for example. The feedback collected during the pilot project also served as input for an update of the documentation provided together with the format, including the example notification in IUCLID 6 format and the corresponding notification preview.

The IUCLID version published in October 2018 and downloadable from the IUCLID website already incorporates the latest changes, at a technical level. Another IUCLID update is expected to be released, at the end of April 2019, together with the PCN portal, to provide users with a specific PCN wizard to prepare notifications.

Background information

The PCN format structures the information submitted to the Member State appointed bodies. The format has been organised based on the information and data requirements laid out in Annex VIII to the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. The PCN format is compatible with IUCLID, a software that is developed at OECD level and promotes the harmonisation of information on chemicals.