EU-harmonized Product Notification, Obligations and Deadlines

G. Scholz

The EU harmonized product notification is mandatory for new or modified consumer products and professional products with physical or harmful health hazard characteristics as of January 1st, 2021. For industrial products, a reduced notification obligation is required as of January 1st, 2024 plus 24h / 7d call service [1, 2].
Cosmetic products are not affected. For product notification, a PCN (Poison Center Notification) dossier with harmonized information is submitted under a unique recipe identifier – the UFI (Unique Formula Identifier) to the appointed body of the respective EEA state. The UFI is a 16-digit alphanumeric code consisting of numbers and letters, generated from VAT + individual recipe number and is part of the label or, for industrial products, to be mentioned on the SDS. The data file for registration in PCN format and UFI generator are available on the ECHA website.
Each company that markets dangerous products in the EEA has an obligation, depending on its role as formulator, toll-formulator, importer, distributor, private label, re-brander and re-labeler. The distributor does not have to notify but must ensure that the product notification was done by the supplier in the relevant target countries.
National product notifications are valid until December 31st, 2024.


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