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Notifications of detergents and cleaning agents
Prior to placing their products on the market, manufacturers of detergents and cleaning agents are obliged to submit to BfR a data sheet specifying the ingredients of their products (§ 10 of the Detergents and Cleaning Agents Act). The notification of data under the Detergents and Cleaning Agents Act can only be submitted in electronic form using an XML data exchange format provided by BfR. Tools available for this purpose include the new data exchange format, XProductNotification with enhanced functionality and, as before, the existing XWRMG data exchange format.
Electronic product notifications
All product notifications can be submitted to BfR in electronic form.
For submitting an electronic notification, a BfR company code is required. The latter can be obtained from BfR on request in writing (email is also acceptable). A corresponding form is available for downloading in the Documents section at the bottom of this page. The data to be specified include:
- Company name
- Complete address, and
- Person to be contacted in cases of emergency
Electronic product notification using the XProductNotification exchange format
Notifiers may read out their data from an existing database and generate a notification file in the XProductNotification format, using their own software.
For companies unable to generate an XML file, BfR has developed electronic notification assistance in the form of an Excel file (defined columns) including a macro to generate the XML exchange format (XML file), and a user manual.
Documents provided by BfR for all product notifications in the ZIP archive (XProductNotification.zip) in the section on the right side and at the bottom of this page include
- Definition of the XProductNotification format (XProductNotification.xsd)
- Description of the format (XProductNotification_Data_Exchange_Format.pdf)
- Notification assistance Excel file (XProductNotification_BfR.xls)
- Notification assistance Excel example (XProductNotification_BfR_example.xls)
- Notification file example (XProductNotification_BfR_example.xml)
- User Manual (XProductNotification_Acquisition_using_Excel.pdf)
Electronic product notification using the XWRMG exchange format
Since 2007, BfR has provided the XWRMG format exclusively designed for the notification of detergents and cleaning agents. Notifiers may read out their data from an existing database and generate a notification file in the XWRMG format, using their own software.
For companies unable to generate an XML file, BfR provides electronic notification assistance in the form of an Excel file (defined columns) including a macro to generate the XML file (WRMG_Notification_BfR.xls).
Documents provided by BfR for product notifications under the Detergents and Cleaning Agents Act in the ZIP archive (XWRMG.zip) accessible at the bottom of this page include:
- Definition of the XWRMG format (XWRMG.XSD)
- Description of the format (WRMG_data_exchange_format.pdf)
- Notification assistance file (WRMG_Notification_Bfr.xls)
- Notification file (WRMG_Notification.xml)
Transmission of data for product releases
BfR has developed to transmit the data, a portal site with secure Internet connection.
You can also send data to BfR.
Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung
Vergiftungs- und Produktdokumentation
D - 10589 Berlin
Dr. Ronald Keipert