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Harmonisation of Information for Poison Centres - List of receiving bodies for art. 45 CLP information

In 1988 the Dangerous Preparations Directive (Directive 88/379/EEC) created an obligation for Member States to appoint bodies 'responsible for receiving information on dangerous preparations including their composition, placed on the market’ (Article 12 Directive 88/379/EEC). Article 17 Directive 1999/45/EC added: "and considered dangerous on the basis of their health effects or on the basis of their physico-chemical effects"). These bodies (so-called Poison Centres or PCs) should have at their disposal all information required, such as composition/concentration of ingredients in order to formulate appropriate emergency measures. The CLP Regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008) contains a similar obligation.

Article 45(1) of the CLP Regulation states that "Member States shall appoint a body or bodies responsible for receiving information relevant, in particular, for formulating preventive and curative measures, in particular in the event of an emergency health response, from importers and downstream users placing mixtures on the market". In order to facilitate the fulfilment of this requirement, it was considered appropriate to create an EU list of appointed bodies responsible for receiving the information. This list should support EU industry (SMEs in particular) by providing the contact details of the responsible body/bodies.

The Commission services prepared the attached list of appointed bodies in accordance with the information received from Member States Competent Authorities.  Please note that the following list does not provide the emergency telephone number to be given in Section 1.4 of a Safety Data Sheet (Annex II REACH Regulation); further information on the emergency telephone number can be found at ECHA website.

The Commission services prepared the attached list of appointed bodies in accordance with the information received from Member States Competent Authorities. 

Review of the Commission services according to Article 45(4) of CLP Regulation

Article 45(4) of the CLP Regulation* requires the Commission to carry out a review by January 2012, to assess the possibility of harmonising the information provided to poison centres for formulating preventive and curative measures in the event of emergency health responses. This work was carried out following the consultation with relevant stakeholders and with the support of the European Association of Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicology (EAPCCT).
The review can be downloaded here pdf - 303 KB [303 KB] .

Harmonising information provided to poison information centres

In order to fulfil its obligations under Article 45 (4) of the CLP Regulation, the Commission organised two smaller expert meetings in 2010 involving representatives from poison centres in the Member States during which a number of specific proposals as well as questions were formulated with the recommendation to discuss them in a larger forum. This larger forum was convened in form of a workshop on 24 November 2010.
At the workshop, nearly 80 representatives from the European Association of Poison Centres and Clinical Toxicologists (EAPCCT), national poison centres, various Commission Services, competent authorities in the Member States, industry, industry associations, and other stakeholders were present.

The summaries of the presentations made at the workshop as well as the conclusions drawn and solutions proposed are contained in a brochure which can be downloaded via the following link: Stakeholder workshop report pdf - 661 KB [661 KB]

Workshop on the Harmonisation of Information to be submitted to Poison Centres – CLP Article 45(4)* on 24 November 2010


Introduction to Article 45(4) of the CLP Regulation: Karola Grodzki, European Commission ppt8 - 435 KB [435 KB]

Information to Poison Information Centres - situation today and expectations for the future: Pieter Brekelmans, NVIC/RIVM ppt8 - 4 MB [4 MB]

Draft EAPCCT guidelines - review of information requirements: Ronald de Groot, NVIC/RIVM ppt8 - 5 MB [5 MB]

Additional PC Data Quality Needs:

Data exchange formats - PDF and HTML:Christophe Dupriez, PIC pdf - 343 KB [343 KB]

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