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In what language do I need SDS to successfully finish PCN notifications? Please help.

We get such cries for help daily. This only shows there's still a lot of confusion about UFI and PCN procedures.

One of these is the language of Safety Data Sheets you need to have to do PCN notification.

Let me explain.

Lots of contacts believe it doesn’t matter in what language you have Safety Data Sheets when doing UFI and PCN notification. Why? Because their company is part of the EU and therefore all languages should be accepted. Right? Nope.

Unfortunately, the local authorities don’t follow the same logic. What’s even more – every local authority can have different demands when it comes to languages or processes and even fees. So, you need a lot of know-how not to get recked and lose too much of your time and energy.

The way I’m going to help you today is giving you a list of countries where data from Safety Data Sheets in English are OK for the PCN notifications. And I’m also going to give you a list of countries where you need Safety Data Sheets in the local language.

Let’s start with countries that accept data from Safety Data Sheets in English (in alphabetical order):

  • Belgium,
  • Croatia,
  • Denmark,
  • Estonia,
  • Germany,
  • Iceland,
  • Ireland,
  • Italy,
  • Latvia,
  • Lithuania,
  • Luxembourg,
  • Malta,
  • The Netherlands,
  • Norway,
  • Portugal,
  • Spain.

And here are countries where you need to have data from Safety Data Sheets in local language (in alphabetical order):

  • Austria,
  • Bulgaria,
  • Cyprus,
  • Czech Republic,
  • Finland (Finnish AND Swedish),
  • France,
  • Greece,
  • Hungary,
  • Liechtenstein,
  • Poland,
  • Romania,
  • Slovakia,
  • Slovenia.

I hope this makes your life a bit easier and a chemical maze just a little bit smaller.

And if you’re  interested in May’s overview of Member States decisions in relation to PCN guidance, then you can find the latest overview here.

If you find you’re stuck and don’t have time for these things then it is maybe time, we help you. A short e-mail to me ( could save you a ton of time and energy.

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UFI / PCN | June 13, 2023

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