Although there is a lot of information about PCN and UFI out there, we still get questions that show uncertainties and an unclear understanding of differences between these two.
Just the other day, we got an inquiry for the UFI code. The company team wanted to place it on the label because they’ve heard they have to do so and call it a day.
Hold on; it’s not that simple.
UFI stands for Unique Formula Identifier, and you can generate it quite quickly. You will need your company VAT number and a mixture specific formulation number (any number between 0 and 268 435 455). Entering this information into the UFI Generator will generate your unique UFI code.
Why do you need to create a UFI, and what’s its purpose?
UFI works to link a specific product to the submitted mixture information (You do this via PCN submission). That is why generating a Unique Formula Identifier (UFI), and printing or affixing it on the product label is an industry obligation.
It’s important to stress out that the UFI code alone on the label is not enough. The UFI itself does not do anything. You have to submit it along with other elements needed for harmonized information according to Annex VIII to the CLP.
It’s good to consider the following before generating UFI codes:
- Preparation for creating UFIs for your product portfolio
- Determine which UFI approach to take
- Mapping to internal company codes
- Updating your PCN dossier
- Using voluntary submissions
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Why is UFI needed?
It helps with:
- Problematic identification of products (40% of calls),
- More accurate advice & avoid unnecessary over precautious treatment,
- UFI concept to assist!
What is PCN?
PCN stands for Poison Centre Notification which is submitted via the PCN portal. It is a centralized portal provided by ECHA and especially considering the national Member State systems as final receivers of the information submitted electronically.
Alongside the UFI, you will have to submit the following harmonized information according to Annex VIII to the CLP:
- Full chemical composition
- Toxicological information
- Label elements
- Product category (from EuPCS)
- Details of the product (trade name…)
- Additional details (packaging, color…)
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