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Author's profile photo Michael Mulder

Saving Lives with Poison Centre Notifications

Did you know that in Europe, there are more than 600,000 calls per year to poison centres for medical advice regarding contact with dangerous chemicals or products? Most of these calls are because children have gotten a product or substance in their mouth, nose, eyes, etc. Quick identification is key to a proper response, and this is where the Unique Formula Identifier comes in. The Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) is an alphanumeric code created by the UFI generator provided by the European Chemical Agency. The person calling the poison centre can give the UFI and in seconds has accurate information on how to respond to the situation.

These could be products such as the washing powder for clothes or dishes, or the blue liquid in your car to de-ice your windshield or windscreen in the winter. SAP S/4HANA for product compliance now supports poison centre notifications (PCN) and the use of unique formula identifiers. This is important to helping to ensure a timely and correct medical response. This is also true for workers handling chemicals or products with unsafe chemicals in production or in a warehouse, accidents happen.

In Europe, producers, and importers of dangerous chemical mixtures need to provide information relating to emergency health response and preventative measures. As a product stewardship specialist, you want to add the purpose to sell industrial chemicals within the European Union. When you do the compliance assessments for a product, you decide whether a PCN is applicable. If it’s required, then you need to generate a UFI and make a dossier for the PCN to the European Chemical Agency. After submission, the UFI can be printed on labels and you can update the data to ensure that it’s up to date and the product stays compliant. You can confirm Regulation Status and add a Unique Formula Identifier. This is now integrated into the product marketability functionality.

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      Author's profile photo Mark Pfister
      Mark Pfister

      Thank you Michael Mulder for sharing this great news!

      As an SAP partner, we are glad that all SAP customers – on S/4HANA for product compliance or using SAP ECC – have support for poison center notifications.

      To date, almost 2 million notifications have been submitted to ECHA and more than half of them have been created by SAP customers using opesus EPN. We’re collaborating with SAP to fully integrate opesus EPN into this new PCN feature in S/4HANA for product compliance to benefit all of our current and future customers.

      We look forward to seeing this new feature used by our customers. Well done!

      Author's profile photo Michael Mulder
      Michael Mulder
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      Thanks Mark for the additional information and all the great work you and the team at opesus is doing!