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There are a wide range of chemical products on the market for a variety of applications, and these products can contain of a broad spectrum of different ingredients. In order to protect consumers from health risks originating from these substances, the responsible companies are under an obligation to provide the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) with comprehensive information regarding many of their products.

The BfR, as a federal authority, is responsible for forwarding this information to all of the poison centres in Germany PDF-File (19.8 KB).

Statutory basis

Article 45 of the European CLP Regulation and Article 9 of the European Regulation on Detergents form the statutory basis for this notification obligation. The requirements of these European regulations have been implemented into national legislation, which specifies these requirements in more detail.

Article 16e of the German Chemicals Act (Chemikaliengesetz), for example, stipulates requirements for the notification of hazardous mixtures or biocidal products. Moreover, the German Poison Information Regulation (Giftinformationsverordnung) specifies the notification requirements in more detail.

In the same way, Article 10 of the German Detergent and Cleaning Agents Act (Wasch- und Reinigungsmittelgesetz) stipulates notification obligations for detergents and cleaning products not classified as hazardous. In addition, Annex VII, section C of the European Regulation on Detergents specifies minimum requirements for these products. The stipulations of the German Chemicals Act and the German Poison Information Regulation (Giftinformationsverordnung) govern notification requirements for detergents and cleaning products classified as hazardous. Exemptions are in place for detergents and cleaning products subject to the national transitional provision as outlined in Article 28 (12) of the German Chemicals Act.

In addition, the BfR also accepts information on products which are not subject to any of the notification obligations. This information is also forwarded to the poison centres, as it may be of relevance in the event of an emergency health response.

The BfR and all poison centres treat all received information on products in strict confidence.

Notification to the BfR is free of charge.

European harmonisation for product notifications

When the European CLP Regulation entered into force in January 2009, this triggered the beginning of the process of harmonisation for product notifications within the European Economic Area. The aim was to introduce comparable public health standards in the EU as well as in associated countries and to facilitate product notifications, particularly for companies with activities throughout the EU.

The new Annex VIII to the CLP Regulation (see (EU) 2017/542) contains the harmonised format for notifications of mixtures for submission to the appointed bodies of the member states. The BfR is the appointed body for Germany. This format harmonises notifications regarding both content and technical format within the member states in a legally binding way. Notifications of mixtures (products) shall comply with this Annex; in the case of products for

  • Consumer use from 1 January 2020
  • Professional use from 1 January 2021
  • Industrial use from 1 January 2024

Current amendments to the national legislation

Amendments to the national legislation implementing European provisions which came into force on 29 July 2017, have resulted in relevant changes to notification obligations.

  • Implementation of the hazard definition in Article 3a of the German Chemicals Act in accordance with the CLP classification criteria

  • Amendment of the German Poison Information Regulation  (Giftinformationsverordnung) by the anticipative introduction of the harmonised format according to Annex VIII to the CLP Regulation for national notifications

    In terms of content, the notification requirements of Annex VIII to the CLP Regulation will be incorporated in the amended German Poison Information Regulation (Giftinformationsverordnung) and come into effect at an earlier date.

    As soon as all necessary technical tools become available, an announcement by the BfR in the Federal Gazette will provide information on the applicability of this provision. We will also provide the relevant information on this website.

    Until such time as this announcement is published, the notification requirements of Annex 1 to the German Poison Information Regulation (Giftinformationsverordnung)  in the version formally valid until 28 July 2017 PDF-File (124.7 KB) remain applicable in terms of content. Notifications shall be performed using the provided XProductNotification format provided by the BfR.

    After this announcement has been published, the XProductNotification format or, alternatively, the new harmonised format may be used, but the former may only be used for a period of three months. After this three-month period, notifications may only be made using the new harmonised format.

    Notifications using the PDF notification forms are no longer accepted with immediate effect.
  • Prolongation of the national transitional provision according to Article 28 (12) of the German Chemicals Act

    The national transitional provision of Article 28 para. 12 of the German Chemicals Act, which currently applies to some products (mixtures) classified as hazardous and which permits limited notification, will be prolonged for

    • Products (mixtures) for private use until 31 December 2019
    • Products (mixtures) for professional use until 31 December 2020
    • Products (mixtures) for industrial use until 31 December 2023
    until the progressive introduction of Annex VIII to the CLP Regulation.

Product notification - procedure

1. Application for a BfR company code

A BfR company code is still required for notifications to the BfR. Please find the required form here PDF-File (41.3 KB).

2. Notification

Notifications are processed using the electronic XML format XProductNotification. The responsible companies can generate notifications automatically or using an electronic notification assistance program. A Microsoft Excel version (ZIP archive with files for all product notifications (XProductNotification.zip) -File (3.5 MB)) and an OpenOffice Calc version (ZIP archive with files for all product notifications (XProductNotification_OpenOffice.zip) -File (2.1 MB)) including manuals are provided by the BfR.

3. Data transmission

A portal page ensures secure data transmission to the BfR.

Helpdesk (in German and English)

E-Mail: produkt-meldungen@bfr.bund.de

Phone: +49-(0)30-18412-3912/-3902

For general queries regarding legislation on chemicals, please contact the REACH-CLP-Biocide Helpdesk of the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA); for general queries concerning detergents and cleaning agents legislation, please contact the German Environment Agency (UBA).

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