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”.
Daniel Sompolski from ECHA and Dr. Herbert Desel from the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will talk about the legal obligations.

Then, on October 24, Chem-Academy organizes a full-day workshop on “Implementing Technical Solutions to Implement Art. 45 CLP Regulation”. This workshop will be led by Markus Pogrzeba and Alexander Wegener, both of opesus.

We are looking forward to the event and many interesting questions and discussions there!

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.

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.

Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)

As part of product notifications according to CLP Article 45, the UFI will gradually become mandatory from 2020 onwards. The UFI is a unique code generated by the manufacturer or importer. The UFI must be included in the notifications to the Poisons Centres and in the safety data sheet. Additionally, it must be printed on the label.

More information about the UFI can be found on the ECHA website.

New SAP property “Poison Centers Notification (EU)”

On May 18th, SAP released the new standard property called “Poison Centers Notification (EU)”. This property can be used to store the UFI. When using the new standard property, the UFI is thus stored on specification level.

Advantages of the opesus UFI Generator

The opesus UFI Generator contains a ruleset that generates valid UFIs and writes it into the new SAP property. Therefore, the process of data maintenance of UFIs can be largely automated.

All steps are carried out directly within SAP EHSM. There are no other web services to connect.

The ruleset can be configured by various parameters. You can tailor the process for creating UFIs accordingly to customer-specific needs – e.g. by using another property for storage.

How to get the opesus UFI Generator

The opesus UFI Generator is available to all SAP EHSM customers for free under the MIT license. You can request the UFI Generator via the contact form on this page. We will then send you the documentation and the software.

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

opesus Releases Free UFI Generator for SAP EHSM

opesus just released opesus UFI Generator for SAP® EHSM. All SAP EHSM customers can download it for free under the MIT-License.

EU Poison Centre Notifications: New “UFI” Required by 2020

ECHA introduced a Unique Formula Identifier (UFI) that will be required for all hazardous mixtures placed on the EU market (CLP Article 45). Any hazardous mixture intended for consumer use must adopt this format by 2020. Products for professional use have a deadline of 2021; and products for industrial use must adopt UFI by 2024.

UFI’s are a unique code that is generated by the EU manufacturer or importer, registered with the Poison Centre and must be printed on the label. The UFI allows Poison Centres to accurately, effectively, and efficiently respond to inquiries.

Visit the ECHA website for more details, including a web-based UFI generator.

UFI Generator for SAP EHSM

The opesus UFI Generator automatically creates the UFI in SAP EHSM systems. The program is designed to save time and effort by integrating UFI generation directly into the SAP system.

Learn more and request your copy

opesus winner in Technology Fast 50 Germany 2017

opesus was awarded 17th place at Technology Fast 50 – Germany’s fastest growing technology companies.

The rankings are based on the percentage growth in sales over the past four fiscal years [2013-2016]. opesus achieved growth of 262% during this period. opesus’ software products significantly contributed to this growth in sales.

opesus develops software products that complement and extend existing SAP solutions in the area of sustainability.

  • With opesus EHS Product Notification, companies comply with their legal obligation to report their chemical products to relevant authorities. With this, compliance is ensured in an efficient manner.
  • The opesus EHSM Smart Input solution significantly accelerates data management for customers of SAP EHSM (Environment, Health and Safety Management) and saves them time and money.
  • opesus Product Compliance Essentials provides a rapid and standard implementation of SAP EHSM Product Compliance.

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

“This year again, companies have applied with impressive innovations that proactively shape digitization. We are happy about these courageous entrepreneurs, who are successful in international competition with their own technologies and ideas. We reward their commitment with the Fast 50, thus supporting the innovative strength of Germany as a business location,” explains Dr.  Andreas Gentner, Partner and Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications EMEA at Deloitte.

Fast 50 Award at Deloitte

Mark Pfister received the 2017 SAP Community Citizenship Award

From Caroleigh Deneen, SAP:

Based on his outstanding contributions on the SAP Community, Mark was recognized by the SAP Community Experience team with our 2017 SAP Community Citizenship Award (https://blogs.sap.com/2017/09/05/announcing-the-sap-community-award-recipients). The recognition reflects our regard for his contributions, which demonstrate outstanding effort, value, and impact. Mark is an appreciated member of the SAP Community, well respected by his community peers.

Well done Mark! The number of people you have helped getting answers on their SAP EHSM questions is legion.

SAP Conference for EHS Management 2017 in Chicago

Come visit us at the SAP Conference for EHS Management 2017 in Chicago.

Our John Falk and Joachim Neff will hosting a microforum about: “SAP EHS Management Smart Input – Maintain and Migrate Mass Data in SAP EHS Management”. See more details about opesus EHSM Smart Input.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

opesus Takes 4th Place at Technology Fast 50 Germany

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opesus was awarded 4th place at Technology Fast 50 – Germany’s fastest growing technology companies.

The rankings are based on the percentage growth in sales over the past four fiscal years [2012-2015]. opesus achieved growth of 1223% during this period. The self-developed products of opesus contributed significantly to this growth in sales.

opesus develops software products that complement and extend existing SAP solutions in the area of sustainability. With opesus EHS Product Notification, companies comply with their legal obligation to report their chemical products to relevant authorities. With this, compliance is ensured in an efficient manner. The opesus EHSM SmartInput solution significantly accelerates data management for customers of SAP EHSM (Environment, Health and Safety Management) and saves them time and money.

Alexander Wegener, CEO of opesus, views the growth over the last four years very positively. He explains, “After our launch in 2012, we have written a fantastic success story. Our customer base consists of many well-known and large companies. All of our clients combined employ over a million people. Their trust in our young company makes us very proud. We have a great team, and each member is important for our success.”

“We are delighted that many companies from the technology sector have presented impressive ideas for the Fast 50 Award this year. This once again illustrates the innovative strength of Germany. Competent IT solutions and business processes are more and more in demand in the digital age. All Fast-50 participants have recognized this need and have successfully exploited their potential in international competition,” explains Dr. Andreas Gentner, Partner and Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications at Deloitte.

SAP EHS Management Conference 2016 in The Hague

opesus is pleased to be a sponsor of the upcoming International SAP Conference on Environment, Health, and Safety Management taking place in The Hague, Netherlands on 3-4 November this year.

With the role of digital technologies steadily increasing in importance, this event is a one-stop shop for understanding how innovation from SAP can help organizations keep their people, products, and assets safe and compliant. The unique agenda format allows attendees to meet with business leaders and learn from a diverse range of SAP customers, such as Akzo Nobel, Siegwerk Druckfarben, TaTa Steel and Reliance.

We are very happy to have one of our customers speak at the conference about our common project. Ms. Christina Sämann from Sika Deutschland GmbH will talk about Product Notifications for Poison Centres – Requirements in Switzerland and the EU. She will co-present with our colleague Markus Pogrzeba.

Over two information-packed days, attendees will learn about the latest innovation from SAP, as well as customer experiences and expert industry insight. Event highlights will include a diverse range of pre-conference workshops, visionary keynotes, the latest SAP strategy and solution updates, and a range of real life case studies from SAP customers in the discrete and process manufacturing industries.

This event is part of the International SAP Conferences on Extended Supply Chain, covering also asset management, manufacturing, portfolio and project management, product lifecycle management, and supply chain management – six events under one roof! Register for one and move freely among all six.

For more information, please contact the T.A. Cook Team on +44 (0)121 200 3810 or info@tacook.com, or visit the event website at https://goo.gl/Qrgz6A

Looking forward to meeting you!