The National Poisons Information Service (NPIS)
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This page provides information about the UK National Poisons Information Service (NPIS)
Under the UK Regulations that implemented the EU Biocidal Products Directive (98/8/EC), information on biocidal products had to be sent to the National Poisons Information Service by anyone placing a biocidal product on the UK market for the first time. This requirement continues to apply until the 31 August 2013 when the BPD is replaced by the EU Biocides Regulations 528/2012 (EU BPR). The position under the EU BPR that applies from 1 September 2013 is currently being developed and we will update this page once the position is finalised. In the meantime, from 1st September 2013 onwards we would recommend suppliers of biocidal products continue to supply the information listed below to NPIS as a matter of good practice so that NPIS can continue to provide information to medical practitioners to help them deal with any incidents involving biocidal products.
Who is NPIS?
The NPIS is an organisation supported by the Department of Health, which is responsible for providing a year-round service for health care staff on the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients who may have been poisoned.
The NPIS centre in Birmingham, is responsible for receiving and disseminating product safety information for pesticides, agrochemicals, biocides and veterinary products marketed in the UK.
NPIS do not receive calls from the general public. In case of a medical emergency following exposure to a chemical, the public should contact the NHS. More information about NPIS and its role can be found on their website.
What information should I submit to NPIS?
Under the Biocidal Products Directive, certain information had to be provided to the NPIS immediately upon placing a biocidal product on the market for the first time. For existing biocidal products the information should have been provided before 14 May 2003 but can still be submitted.
The information to be submitted is outlined below:
- Name of the biocidal product.
- If the biocidal product is authorised or registered under the regulations:
- the use for which the product is authorised or registered;
- name, address, telephone number and fax number of authorisation or registration holder.
- The date on which the product was first placed on the UK market.
- The name, address, telephone number, email address and fax number of the:
- manufacturer of the biocidal product;
- importer of the product;
- person to be contacted in an emergency.
- Description of the packaging of the product, including its size and type.
- The pH, physical state and colour of the product.
- Identity of the products ingredients and their concentration in metric units.
- Effects on human health of contact with the biocidal products.
- Particulars of any likely direct or indirect adverse side effects and any directions for first aid.
- Any other information relating to the health and safety of humans, which is given on the product label.
You should ensure that the information given to the NPIS is kept up to date.
NPIS will also accept a copy of the biocidal product's safety data sheet plus any additionally required information.
Where should I send the information?
The information can be sent by post or electronically to:
Dr Allister Vale
National Poisons Information Service
email: [email protected]