Information on Emergency telephone numbers in the EU - member states
In section 1.4 of the safety datasheet (SDS) an emergency telephone number shall be provided. This can be for example an official advisory body of the member state, where the substance or mixture is placed on the market.
In the section of ECHAs website, which lists information on the national REACH/CLP Helpdesks, links are provided to emergency telephone numbers or official advisory bodies in the member states.
The use of a German emergency telephone number in section 1.4 of the SDS is offered as a service by German poison information centres.
Before making use of that service, suppliers have to contact and make an agreement with the poison information centre. An agreement may include for example forwarding information on dangerous components or possible costs.
It is not possible to provide in the SDS a telephone number of the Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment - BfR). The BfR is responsible concerning the notification of mixtures according to § 16e of the German Chemicals Act, but it does not function as poison information centre.
Until further notice the German poison information centres do not have a legal status of an official advisory body according to Annex II section 1.4 of the REACH-Regulation. Therefore in Germany suppliers still have the possibility to provide their own emergency telephone number, if for the emergency telephone service certain conditions are met: inter alia qualified medical advice in emergency cases needs to be provided in German language.