EHS Product Notification for German BfR Format


opesus EPN for German BfR Format

opesus EPN is a comprehensive solution that supports the end-to-end process of submitting notifications to German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Companies are legally obliged to provide the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) with comprehensive information regarding chemical products that are placed on the German market. The purpose of this is to protect consumer from health risks. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) forwards this information to the poison centres in Germany.

Over 60 companies are using opesus EHS Product Notification to create notifications. With our software you can:

  • Create notifications in the right format
  • Track the status of your notifications
  • Manage user access in managing notifications

If you’re using SAP EH&S and are still searching for software to support you with creating requirements in the BfR format, contact us!

About Submitting Notifications to the BfR

Does the PCN format replace notification to the BfR?

CLP Art. 45, Annex VIII also known as the poison centre notification (PCN) applies only to mixtures classified for health and physical hazards.

However, the national regulation for detergents and cleaning agents still apply. This means that even if non-hazardous, detergents and cleaning products placed on the German market needs to be notified. The “XProduktmeldung” format shall continue to be used to notify non-hazardous detergents even beyond the consumer use deadline for the PCN format.

How do I submit a notification?

A notification is done electronically by uploading it to the dedicated BfR portal.

Firstly, you will need to apply for a company code. You can do so using the form here.

Using opesus EHS Product Notification, all data required for a product notification is gathered and generated into an XML format “XProductNotification”. You can then download this file and manually upload it to the BfR portal or attach in an e-mail that you can send out of your SAP system. We recommend to send the XML file by e-mail as this avoid additional manual steps.