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!

Support Until 31.12.2021

As the German BfR accepts notifications in the PCN format, we will end maintenance for the BfR format on 31.12.2021. We encourage our customers to transition and use the pcn format for submitting notifications to the BfR. For the German Detergents and Cleaning Agents act (WRGM: Wasch- und Reinigungsmittelgesetz), you can submit this information as a voluntary PCN notification.

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. Since November 2020, you can submit this information as a voluntary PCN notification.

Therefore, we encourage our customers to use the PCN format for the benefit of using one common format for product notifications and to also enable features such as process automation.

How do I submit a notification?

We highly recommend our customers submit notifications in the PCN format through the ECHA Submission Portal. Since November 2020, the BfR accepts notifications submitted through the ECHA Submission Portal for both mixtures affected by CLP Art. 45 and for the German Detergents and Cleaning Agents Act (WRGM: Wasch- und Reinigungsmittelgesetz).

If you would like to keep your notifications separate, 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.