opesus @ SAPPHIRE NOW

opesus is attending the SAPPHIRE NOW & ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando next week. Reach out and say ‘hi’.

John Falk will be co-presenting “Poison Centre Notifications: Huntsman’s Simple and Efficient Solution Using Product Safety with SAP Environment, Health, and Safety Management” on Tuesday at 3:00 pm. There are three good reasons to attend:

  1. You can learn about CLP Article 45 for Poison Centre Notifications and best practices
  2. We will present the opesus solution and explain how it can help your business maintain compliance simply and efficiently
  3. John will tell a joke (laughter to be determined)

See you there!

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CLP Article 45 Workshop supported by VCI a huge success

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Participants at opesus CLP workshop

Our very first event was a huge success! Focused on the topic of CLP Article 45 Poison Centre Notifications for SAP customers and supported by the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), we had a great turnout of 93 attendees – more than double of what we expected when we started planning a year ago.

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opesus Makes Annual Holiday Donation to Himalayan Stove Project

opesus donates to Himalayan Stove Project

Every year at opesus, we pass on the Christmas cheer to those in need. Instead of gifting our customers opesus-branded goodies, we donate to a charity organization in their name. For 2018, opesus donated to the Himalayan Stove Project – an organization that is transforming the lives of residents in mountainous Nepal, one clean cooking stove at a time.

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opesus received the Technology Fast 50 Award – the 3rd time in 3 years

opesus received the Technology Fast 50 Award – for the 3rd time in 3 years

opesus received the Technology Fast 50 Award, which recognizes Germany’s fastest growing technology companies, for the 3rd time in a row. The rankings are based on the percentage growth in sales over the past four fiscal years [2014-2017]. opesus’ self-developed software products, which complement and extend existing SAP sustainability solutions, contributed significantly to this growth in sales.

Alexander Wegener, CEO of opesus, views opesus’ current position positively. He explains, “Right now the topic of product notifications according to CLP Article 45 is entering a hot phase. The deadline 1.1.2020 is relevant for producers, importers, and downstream users who place mixtures for use by consumers on the market. These companies need to be ready to comply with their legal obligations. This is the reason why our team put a lot of effort into developing our opesus EPN. It enhances SAP EHS and is an efficient tool to ensure compliance easily. With the deadline approaching fast, we expect further significant growth of our client base. This base already consists of many well-known companies. Right now, all our clients combined employ over 1.2 million people. That is quite an impact for a small company and we feel honored by their trust. It is a huge driver for us and the core of our business philosophy.”

“Many fast-growing companies from Germany have a strong standing in highly innovative technology sectors. Responsible for that are courageous entrepreneurs, who are consequently pursuing their visions,” explains Dr. Andreas Gentner, Partner and Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications EMEA at Deloitte. “We wish to reward extraordinary achievements for the technology region Germany with the Fast 50 award.”

We at opesus are very proud to win this prestigious award the third year in a row!

Fast 50 Award at Deloitte

 

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CLP Article 45 Workshop for SAP Customers supported by VCI

With the support of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), opesus AG offers a workshop on CLP Article 45 (Poison Centre Notifications, PCN) for SAP customers.

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ChemCon Europe 2018 in Budapest

ChemCon Europe 2018 will happen from November 12th to 16th in Budapest.  One of the seminars will focus on Poison Centre Notifications according to CLP Art. 45. The seminar features several speakers, among them from ECHA (Mercedes Viñas, Daniel Sompolski), BASF and the Dutch Poison Information Centre. Alexander Wegener from opesus gives a lecture on “How to track portfolio changes or raw material changes in relation to updating of your poison centre notification?”.

If you are visiting ChemCon, we would be happy to talk to you at our booth. We are looking forward to learn new things, meet people and to have interesting discussions there!

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CLP conference and workshop of Chem-Academy 2018 in Bonn

On 22nd and 23rd of October 2018 the CLP conference of the Chem-Academy will take place. One of the main topics there will be “Art. 45 of the CLP Regulation: regulatory requirements and technical implementation “. Alexander Wegener from opesus gives a lecture on “Technical Implementation of Art. 45 CLP-VO”.

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Implications of PCN-Format of CLP Article 45 for Product Notifications

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published the technical format for reports to poison centres (according to CLP Article 45)! The new PCN-Format is based on the internationally harmonised IUCLID format. This article explores the effects the new format will have on industry.

IUCLID format for product notifications

Contrary to the preliminary draft, the new PCN-Format is now based on the IUCLID format. The IUCLID software allows data on chemical properties to be maintained, stored and exchanged. The internationally harmonised IUCLID format is used for this purpose. This format will now also be used for notifications to poison centres in accordance with CLP Article 45.

The IUCLID format consists of a variety of templates for documents, which are structured according to the type of information it contains (e.g. GHS data).

For the PCN format, 15 existing documents are reused. In addition, two new templates are added to the IUCLID format: “Product Information” and “Dossier Header”, which provides notification type details (e.g. update). All completed documents are combined into a dossier, which associates the contained documents through administrative data. The completed dossier will subsequently be sent to the national authorities. The dossier can then be used by national poison centres for emergency calls.

Effects of the PCN-Format for the industry

At opesus, we work in close cooperation with industry, ECHA and SAP to assist companies with their CLP Article 45. We are currently developing a new version of our software opesus EHS Product Notification, which supports the new PCN-Format. Based on our experience, we see the following effects of the new format:

Increased Complexity

A dossier consists of many documents that are linked by administrative data. The new PCN-Format is therefore very complex and much more comprehensive compared to previous formats.

For example, a very simple notification (a few substances with no “special” types) generates about 1,500 lines of XML code in PCN-Format. In comparison, the notification of the same mixture in the previous German (BfR) format consists of about 150 lines of XML code.

Possible use of IUCLID software

One way to create IUCLID-compatible dossiers is to use the IUCLID software. The software is available for free. However, the data must be maintained manually via the input mask of the software. For this reason, in our opinion the use of IUCLID software is advisable only for smaller companies with very limited mixtures subject to notification.

Note: In the past, SAP EH&S had an IUCLID interface. However, the interface currently only supports the older IUCLID 5.4 version and will be discontinued in SAP S/4HANA. From our point of view therefore, the IUCLID interface in SAP EH&S is not a viable solution.

Annual IUCLID updates

The IUCLID format is subject to annual updates. These updates can be prompted by changes in legislation or to the PCN-format. Also, changes that do not originate from CLP Art. 45 need to be evaluated and may cause adaptions to PCN notifications. For all solutions that creates notifications in PCN-Format, availability of software maintenance is therefore essential to be able to react to changes in time and reliably. We recommend maintenance for all our customers for our opesus EHS Product Notification software.

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New version of the free opesus UFI generator available

We have released a new version of the opesus UFI Generator for SAP EHSM customers. With the new version, Unique Form Identifiers (UFI) can be generated and stored automatically in SAP EHSM.

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Nordic Product Registers

Future of Nordic Product Registers in context of CLP Art. 45

The Nordic Product Registers are among the most extensive chemical product registers in the world in terms of required information as well as quantity of registered products and substances. Well over 2,000 companies are obliged to report to the national authorities annually.  Recent developments regarding legislation and the use of technology raise the question about the future of the Nordic Product Registers. Read more