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M.Sc. Philip Jorge Stefl (Chemical Engineer), Product development and technical support GeSi³
1 Feb

Substances and mixtures in safety data sheets (SDS)

By |2021-03-22T11:14:07+01:001 February 2021|SDB-Profi|

What is the difference between substances and mixtures in safety data sheets? This question is harder to answer than it might seem at first glance. In some substance safety data sheets (SDS), Section 3 lists multiple ingredients (also called "components" in the law). On the other hand, some mixture safety data sheets only specify

18 Jan

PCN validation rules – meaning and differences

By |2021-03-22T11:04:07+01:0018 January 2021|PCN|

The European product notification (PCN) framework has already begun and of course, there are initial hurdles to overcome, such as the PCN validation rules. Perhaps you, like many of our users contacting support, are wondering about these business rules and quality rules in the notifications. Where do PCN validation rules apply? When you upload

26 Oct

Notification obligation for PCN – what does this cover?

By |2021-03-22T11:34:15+01:0026 October 2020|PCN|

There is not much time left before the first deadline for the notification obligation for PCN. Starting in 2021, many products which were previously excluded from national transitional solutions will be notified using the new notification format. In this article, I will provide a compact summary of the items that require notification via PCN

21 Sep

REACH Regulation: The difference between distributor and downstream user

By |2021-03-22T10:46:46+01:0021 September 2020|SDB-Profi, GefStoff-Profi|

With the upcoming Product Change Notification (2021), the question about the difference between distributor and downstream user arises again. After all, distributors have quite different obligations. For better understanding, I will provide a short summary of the definition of downstream users under REACH before addressing the differences. Downstream users under REACH Chemicals are not

29 Jun

Translation of substances in safety data sheets (SDS)

By |2021-03-04T10:16:34+01:0029 June 2020|SDB-Profi|

Do substances actually have to be translated in safety data sheets? The short answer: Yes. But where can you source substance names in different languages? Translation of substances as an obligation (product identifier) In accordance with Section 31(5) of the REACH Regulation, the safety data sheet must be made available in an official language of

22 Jun

Information department in safety data sheets (SDS)

By |2021-03-04T10:16:05+01:0022 June 2020|SDB-Profi|

An information department should be specified in every safety data sheet (SDS) There are legal requirements for this. Especially in companies which are moving from a national safety data sheet into the inter-European area, suppliers often ask me about the changes in the information department. What does department providing information mean? Information departments are national

25 May

Safety data sheets – “Chinese whispers” along the supply chain

By |2021-03-04T10:21:49+01:0025 May 2020|SDB-Profi, GefStoff-Profi|

There can be a long supply chain between the raw materials and finished products in the chemical industry, in which the existing materials are also processed further. Every safety data sheet summarises all the information that has to be transferred along this supply chain. But understandably, not everyone is fully familiar with everything. Have you

27 Apr

Numbers for PCN – which numbers can be sourced where?

By |2021-03-04T11:42:50+01:0027 April 2020|SDB-Profi, PCN|

This time, I am writing about a request arising from practical concern regarding the different numbers for PCN. The European Product Change Notification (PCN) requires quite a few numbers and not all of them can be organised quickly. This is why here, I summarise all the numbers which we noticed when compiling the PCN

10 Feb

REF-6 for mixture SDS: 44% have errors

By |2021-03-05T12:13:55+01:0010 February 2020|SDB-Profi, GefStoff-Profi|

The results of the latest REACH-EN-FORCE project (REF-6) have been published and directly affect creators and users of the large majority of all safety data sheets – namely safety data sheets of hazardous substance mixtures. In comparison to the first statistics, the results look better as far as classification is concerned, but there is

23 Dec

European Product Change Notification – frequently asked questions on UFI and updates

By |2021-03-05T12:27:22+01:0023 December 2019|SDB-Profi, PCN|

The topic European Product Change Notification (PCN), including UFI and EuPCS has kept us as well as our users busy in this intense phase of preparation for the new, legally binding notification. In this small series, I summarise frequently asked questions and answers which arose during the webinars and the specialist conference. Part 2

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