Starting in 2021, a UFI number will appear on the labels of our packaging:
A UFI number is a 16-digit alphanumeric code divided into four sections by hyphens. This labelling will be mandatory from 2025 on for all products that pose health risks or physical hazards.
What is this new number about?
UFI stands for “Unique Formula Identifier”. This number is intended to aid helpers in taking the right action in case of poisoning. Poison control centres have access to a list of these numbers and can therefore quickly and safely identify the ingredients and properties of the product.
For which products is the UFI number mandatory?
The UFI number must be affixed to all products containing toxic substances. As a voluntary measure, however, the information may also be used for non-hazardous products. If you find a UFI number on our products, this therefore does not necessarily mean that the product is dangerous.
Where do the regulations of the new UFI number apply?
The UFI number is the implementation of the information contained in Article 45 of EU Regulation 1272/2008. As this is a European regulation, you will find the UFI number on products from all EU countries in the future.
What are the deadlines?
When the UFI number must be applied to products depends on the distribution of the UFI number. A distinction is made as to whether a product is sold to private end users, commercial users or industrial enterprises:
Private users As of 01/01/2021
Commercial users As of 01/01/2021
Industry As of 01/01/2024
Products registered before 01/01/2021 As of 01/01/2025
Regardless of these deadlines, you will find the UFI number on our products from now on. We also provide the UFI number on products that do not contain hazardous substances. You will also find the UFI number on our safety data sheets in future.
What should be done in case of an accident?
We do not want any of our products to cause injury to you, but, should this occur, the stored information will help your physician take the right action. To make this possible, please photograph the product (e.g. with a mobile phone) and bring the picture (or the mobile phone) to the emergency ward. Using the UFI number, the doctor can then obtain important information from the poison control centre. As information is not yet available for all products with an emergency number during the transitional period, you should also keep (or photograph) the product name and manufacturer at hand. If it is one of our products, you can also bring our safety data sheet to the emergency medical practitioner.