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Today, we're starting a series of short blogs about a novelty that will be introduced gradually, but it will enter into force on 1 January 2020 for consumer chemicals.

This is a novelty in the field of hazardous mixtures labelling.

We have been following this area of work from its early beginnings. But now it’s time to get you involved. And keep you posted about the things that matter to you and your business.

So, what’s this UFI all about?

The UFI (Unique Formula Identifier) is a 16-character code. It will be indicated on the labels of products that are categorised as hazardous mixtures.

Importers and mixture formulators (manufacturers) who launch mixtures on the markets of any European Union country will all be obliged to follow this process. The process itself partially involves also companies that don't formulate the mixtures themselves but re-package or re-name them.

Companies will be able to generate their UFI codes by using their tax identification number. Exact information about the composition and hazards of a chemical (mixture) will then be linked to this number in the notification procedure.

The UFI for hazardous mixtures will have to be printed on the label. The following shall apply:

  • It will be obligatory for hazardous mixtures categorised as health hazards (H3XX).
  • It will be obligatory for hazardous mixtures categorised as physical hazards (H2XX).
  • It will not be obligatory for mixtures that are categorised as environmental hazards (H4XX).

That’s it. This short first article helped us get started.  

If all this sounds confusing and you don't know what to do with an UFI, don't worry. We’ll keep you posted, and the pieces of the puzzle will slowly come together.

Information on this blog is prepared with utmost care, but it is not about (chemical) consulting, and the provider does not assume any responsibility or liability for the correctness, accuracy and up-to-dateness of published content. If you need advice for a specific case, you can write to us at
UFI / PCN | September 20, 2018

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