EU Product Categorisation System

The EU Product Categorisation System (EU PCS) will be used for data submission to assign product categories according to the intended use of the mixture.

The system uses the existing German TDI-CSA/TKS product categorisation system as backbone. Sub-level categories are based either on input from sector-specific industry associations or on those already defined in European legislation. The EU PCS also includes sub-categories beyond the scope of Article 45 of the CLP Regulation (e.g. cosmetic products) that can be used by appointed bodies and poison centres for reporting and statistical analysis.

A draft version of the system can be viewed at the link below. A final version will be available by the end of 2017 with accompanying guidance for assistance.

ECHA established a working group for the conclusion of the EU Product Categorisation System. The mandate of this working group is to establish a final version of the EU PCS by the end of 2017 by actively contributing to the review of the draft EU PCS, providing advice on questions related to the specific functionality of the EU PCS e.g. reporting and end use, identifying areas where guidance may be needed and defining and agreeing on the process to update the EU PCS.

The members of the working group are sought to contribute to the group’s discussions, and review working documents related to the systematic review of the EU PCS categories, the update process and the technical manual. The following stakeholders are participants to EU PCS focus group:

  • Member States appointed bodies
    • Germany - The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
    • Denmark - Working Environment Authority
    • France - Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety
    • Netherlands - National Poisons Information Centre
    • Sweden - Poisons Information Centre
    • Poland - Bureau for Chemical Substances
  • Poison Centres
    • Belgium – Belgian Poison Centre
    • Finland – Poison Centre (Helsinki and Uusimaa)
    • Italy – Poison Centre (Lombardia)
    • Germany – Poison Centre (North Germany)
    • France – Poison Centre (Lyon)
  • Associations
    • Society of German speaking Poisons Centres (DE, AT, CH)
    • ECPA – European Crop Protection
    • CEPE aisbl - European Council of the Paint, Printing Ink and Artists' Colours Industry
    • FECC - European Association of Chemical Distributors
    • CEFIC - The European Chemical Industry Council
    • WKI - German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association
    • VCI - German Chemical Industry Association
    • BDI - Federation of German Industries
    • AISE - International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintanance Products

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