UFI codes are not a part of The Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s assessment of pesticide labels

Published 26.11.2020     Modified 26.11.2020

Products defined as hazardous mixtures on the basis of their health or physical effects should be notified through ECHA * and a UFI code should be included on the label. This applies from 1 January 2021 with a transitional period until 1 January 2025. It applies for all chemicals for professional and non-professional uses, including pesticides.

UFI codes are not a part of the Norwegian Food Safety Authority’s evaluation of the pesticide’s label.

What is a UFI code?

A UFI code (Unique Formula Identifier) is a 16-digit alphanumeric code, which connects information of a chemical mixture together with the marketed product. This information will be available to Poison Centres, so that they can easily identify the product and inform about the hazards of the mixture in the case of a medical emergency.

Should pesticide labels with the UFI code be sent to The Norwegian Food Safety Authority?

It is the applicant/authorisation holder’s responsibility to make sure a pesticide is marked with the correct UFI code. It is not necessary to send a pesticide label with a new or amended UFI code to The Norwegian Food Safety Authority. Any other label amendments than the UFI-code must be applied for.

Should pesticides be declared to The Product Register?

If you want your product to be a part of the transitional arrangement for notifying Poison Centres according to article 45 in the CLP Regulation, the product must be declared in the Product Register in Norway. It is however not compulsory to declare pesticides according to the Norwegian Declaration Regulation.

You may voluntarily declare pesticides to The Product Register before 1 January 2021. These products will then be covered by the transitional arrangement. This way you will not have to notify the product according to the new harmonized requirements in the CLP regulation, appendix VIII, and may wait until 1 January 2025 if the product is not otherwise amended.

The Norwegian Poison Information Centre (Giftinformasjonen) has direct access to The Product Register.

Legislation and guidance

Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (The CLP regulation)

The Declaration Regulation (Norwegian)

Read more about the Product Register in Norway

ECHA - Steps for industry 

* According to new harmonized requirements in the CLP Regulation, appendix VIII

Did you find this article useful?