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MSDS & UFI CODES

Information below pertaining to obtaining Chemfix MSDS from this website, followed by information on the forthcoming UFI codes legislation.

MSDS

The MSDS for each product can be found and downloaded from the respective product screen underneath the heading "SUPPORT AND DOCUMENTATION" and then "SAFETY DATA SHEET".

Please navigate to "PRODUCTS" from the main menu and make the selection.

UFI CODES ON PACKAGING

From 2021, a new label element will have to appear on the labels of all products classified for health or physical hazards.  A 16-character code called the Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) will be mandatory on the labels of such products and importers and downstream users placing these products on the market will have to provide specific product information, including the UFI, to poison centres.

CHEMFIX has fulfilled its obligations and can now provide a UFI code on all packaging going forward. This will be added on an on-going basis within the health & safety text of the label. 

WHAT IS A UFI?
The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) is a 16-character alphanumeric code that will be required on the label of products that contain a hazardous mixture.

In addition to having the UFI on your labels, CHEMFIX (On your behalf) will also be required to provide information on the mixture, and associated products, to poison centres. Information will include such details as trade name, composition, colour, packaging, product category and toxicological information. The aim of the UFI is to establish an unambiguous link between the information provided to the poison centre with the product you place on the market.

The condition for assigning a UFI, is that all products labelled and notified with the same UFI need to share the same mixture composition.

WHAT IS THE UFI USED FOR?
The Unique Formula Identifier, and the other information you provide, will be used by poison centres in the event of an emergency call. The UFI can be read directly from the label of a product to a poison centre operator, in addition to the trade name, to precisely identify the product involved in an incident. This will enable a better and more adequate medical response and a reduction of unnecessary over-treatment, which is often given just to be on the safe side.

DOES THE UFI ALWAYS HAVE TO BE INCLUDED ON THE LABEL?
The Unique Formula Identifier must be printed on or affixed to the label of all your products containing hazardous mixtures. In cases where products are not labelled – such as with certain products used on industrial sites – the UFI can be indicated in the safety data sheet.

WHAT ARE THE UFI CODE SPECIFICATIONS FOR LABELS?
The acronym ‘UFI’ (the same in all EU languages and alphabets, and not to be translated) must be in capital letters and be followed by a 16-character alphanumeric code. The code is divided into four blocks, each separated by a hyphen. While no specific requirements have been set, for instance, for font type or size, the UFI has to be clearly visible and legible on the label of the product. Given the variation in label sizes, and other labelling requirements competing for label space, the UFI should be positioned so that it is easy to locate (e.g. near the barcode or hazard pictograms). In essence, you must determine how the UFI must be printed or affixed in the most effective manner to assist with its communication to poison centres.

NEXT STEPS?
The new requirements will begin in January 2021. CHEMFIX will be obligated to notify the Unique Formula Identifier and other product information by 1 January 2021 for mixtures intended for consumer use. Mixtures intended for professional use will need to be notified by 1 January 2021 and mixtures for industrial use only by 1 January 2024.

Importers and downstream users placing hazardous mixtures on the market should start preparing now for the implementation of the new submission procedure and for the use of the UFI on product labels. As mentioned CHEMFIX has already undertaken this requirement and will automatically add the UFI to YOUR PRODUCT LABELS on an on-going basis. 

Please contact us if you have any concerns or questions about this. 

Products already registered in relevant countries which the products are being sold, extends the deadline requirements to 2025. As long as you have ensured registration in the countries of sales (available upon request) then no action is required until 2025.

 

Consumer Use Deadline: 1-Jan-2021       -> 2025

Professional Uses Deadline: 1-Jan-2021   -> 2025

Industrial Uses Deadline: 1-Jan-2024       -> 2025

 

 

FURTHER READING

The main explanations are located in ECHA https://poisoncentres.echa.europa.eu/know-your-obligations, It also informs of the standard requirements.

Also https://poisoncentres.echa.europa.eu/documents/22284544/22295820/ufi_what_it_means_en.pdf/576a9a82-c352-b5b3-df73-e763da37e559 is an excellent document. 

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