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The UFI and what it means for your product labels

A new 16-character code called the unique formula identifier (UFI) will be required on certain product labels as of the beginning of this year (2021) and will be mandatory on the label of all products classified for health or physical hazards by 2025.

Importers and downstream users placing such products on the market, will have to provide specific product information, including the UFI, for the use of poison centres.

The acronym ‘UFI’ (the same in all EU languages and alphabets, and not to be translated) must be printed on or affixed to the label of all your products containing hazardous mixtures in capital letters and be followed by colon and a 16-character alphanumeric code. The code is divided into four blocks, each separated by a hyphen.

It is also possible to indicate the UFI on the package of the product provided it is close to the other label elements. If the mixture is not packaged, the UFI must be included in section 1.1 of the safety data sheet.

Tools and support to generate the UFI are available on ECHA’s Poison Centres website.


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