The Swedish Poisons Information Centre is the appointed body in Sweden, according to the EU regulation (EC) 1272/2008 (CLP) Article 45, responsible for receiving information about the composition of chemical products classified as hazardous on the basis of their health or physical effects. Companies are therefore obligated to provide the information the Poisons Centre needs to carry out the tasks for which it is responsible.
The main responsibility for the Swedish Poisons Information Centre is to give advice to the general public, physicians and other health care personnel in cases of acute poisonings. Many accidents happen with chemical household products (about 28 900 inquiries to the Poisons Information Centre 2015). Children get hold of the products and taste, adults get splashes in their eyes or accidentally drink them. In some cases people drink large amounts thinking they are drinking something else or with the intention to harm themselves. To be able to make a correct assessment of the acute risk and provide adequate advice in all incidents of poisoning, the Poisons Centre must have accurate information about the composition of chemical products.
The product information is kept strictly confidential according to the Swedish secrecy law, 2009:400, 25 kap 9§ and the EU Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP) article 45.2, and is only used for evaluation of acute toxicity. The product composition will never be revealed except in cases when it, for medical reasons, is of importance to inform a physician about ingredients that will influence the treatment.
Information the Poisons Centre needs
Companies are obliged to provide information about the composition of all chemical products classified as hazardous on the basis of their health or physical effects, regardless of the amount sold, before the product is placed on the market.
The Poisons Centre would also very much appreciate to receive information about products not classified as hazardous.
All the constituents present in the product should be declared by their chemical names and CAS numbers. The use of group or class names is acceptable for perfumes and colouring agents as long as the components are not classified for health hazards and the concentration does not exceed 10%.
Exact concentration is requested for substances in the mixture that, according to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008, are classified as:
- Acute toxicity (oral, dermal, inhalation), category 1, 2 and 3.
- STOT – single exposure, category 1 and 2.
- STOT – repeated exposure, category 1 and 2.
- Skin corrosion, category 1A, 1B and 1C.
- Serious eye damage, category 1.
Other ingredients that are not classified in accordance to what is mentioned above (including non-classified substances) can be given in the following concentration intervals 0-1%, 1-5%, 5-10%, 10-20%, 20-30%, 30-50%, 50-75%, and over 75%.
The pH value should be provided, if applicable. If the product is not a solution itself, the pH for an aqueous solution as well as the concentration of the solution should be specified.
Product characteristics that could be of importance when giving advice in poisoning cases, and therefore also should be specified, are colour, solubility, the size and design of the package etc.
Please make sure that the name of the product in the submitted information is exactly the same as on the package label. This is very important since it is the product name that the inquirer will give when contacting the Poisons Centre after poisoning incidents. This also applies to the names of the companies that are written on the package label, as they might be used by the staff at the Poison Centre to identify the product.
To facilitate the handling of product information at the Poisons Centre, please specify the field of application for the products (e.g. cleaning agent, paint, sealing compound) and also whether they are for consumer, professional or industrial use.
How to send the product information
On the right you will find links to Product Information Forms as well as instructions on how to send product information.
The Poisons Centre also accepts Safety Data Sheets and similar documents as long as they include "Information the Poisons Centre needs" mentioned above.
Updating the product information
Updated product information shall be sent to the Poisons Centre if the composition of the product changes (if concentrations of ingredients change within the intervals it is not necessary to send new information), if the product name changes or if the classification of the product changes. The updated information should be provided before the new version of the product is placed on the market.
Emergency telephone number on safety data sheets
In order to use the telephone number to the Poisons Centre as an emergency number on safety data sheets, the company has to provide the Poisons Centre with adequate information according to what is written above, under the heading "Information the Poisons Centre needs".
The number to use is "112 – ask for Poisons Information" (in Swedish this will be: "112 – begär Giftinformation").
It is free of charge to notify products at the Swedish Poisons Information Centre. It is also free of charge to use the telephone number to the Poisons Centre as an emergency number on safety data sheets.
Addresses where to send the product information:
Swedish Poisons Information Centre
S-171 76 Stockholm
Questions should be addressed to:
Phone: +46 10 456 6786