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What is a PCN?

There are some new rules that have to do with people and companies who handle or work withe dangerous elements. The new rules are effective from 1 January.

According to Article 45 of the CLP Regulation, companies that market dangerous preparations are obliged to make available to the national competent authorities information on certain dangerous substances. The notified body passes this information on to the poison center so that it can provide advice to laypeople or people working in the health sector in case of emergency.


How to register a product?


If you want to register a product, which you can do at the online PCN portal, you must provide certain data. These data relate to the product composition, but also to information about, for example, the UFI, the physical properties and the packaging of the product in question.


The centralized PCN portal is the platform for submitting notifications. Here all hazard mixtures placed on the EU market can be notified. It is also possible to voluntarily submit notifications for non-hazardous mixtures.


What can I do with my PCN?


The PCN format is the same in all countries of the European Union, but countries individually have the sole right to request additions to this format. We can imagine that the laws and regulations regarding poison center notifications can be somewhat complicated when understanding them. Especially with all the changes that have been made, it can be difficult to get a clear overview. Therefore, we have listed some important questions and answers for you. This way you can find out what the amended laws and regulations for Notification Poison Centre mean for your company. Would you like more information? Then feel free to contact us.


Does a PCN ever expire?


A PCN registration number never expires. A PCN registration does not expire because most products are used long after they have been purchased, so incidents with this product may continue to occur. So it remains important to continue to provide the correct data on products, even if they are no longer actively sold. In the PCN format, there is also an option to indicate that a product is no longer sold in a country.