The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) is a 16-character code that will be required on the label of all those of your products that are classified for health or physical hazards and placed on the market in the EU.
In addition to the UFI, you are also required to submit certain information to the national poison centres on your product. This includes composition, trade name, colour, packaging, product category and toxicological information.
The UFI aims to establish an unambiguous link between the information you provide 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 composition.
The UFI and the other information you have provided will primarily be used by poison centres in the event of an emergency call. For example, with the UFI and the trade name read directly from the product label to the poison centre operator, the operator can in turn precisely identify the hazardous properties of the product involved in an incident.
To create a UFI for your mixture that is unique to your company, you need your company’s VAT number and a mixture-specific formulation number.
Most likely your company already uses internal formulation codes. If they are numerical only – between 0 and 268 435 255 – you can use them directly in the UFI Generator. In other cases, such as when they are alphanumeric or contain other characters, you will need to first assign new formulation numbers to your mixtures that follow the required format.
It is essential that you do not reuse the same formulation number using the same VAT number when the mixtures have different compositions.
Annex VIII to CLP established specific compliance dates according to the end use of the product.
Whether you are making a new notification or updating an existing one, you will have to make a notification in accordance with Annex VIII before placing the product on the market after 1 January 2021 (consumer use and professional use) or 1 January 2024 (industrial use only).
A notification must be submitted in each Member State where you intend to place your product on the market.