National Poisons Information Centre
The main function of the National Poisons Information Centre (NPIC) is to provide information to doctors and healthcare professionals to assist them in the management of acute poisoning. Poisons may include pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, household products, industrial chemicals and plants.
- Our telephone information service is available to doctors and healthcare professionals 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
- Our own Poisons Information Officers answer enquiries between 8am and 10pm, and night-time calls are automatically diverted to the UK National Poisons Information Service (at no extra cost to callers).
- Advice is also provided directly to members of the public between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, via a dedicated Public Poisons Information Line (this is a pilot service introduced in January 2011).
- All calls are recorded and data stored electronically for quality assurance and training purposes.
Our second function is to collect and analyse epidemiological data on acute poisoning. We produce an annual report each year and can provide more detailed data to regulatory authorities on request.
The Centre is also the contracting body for TOXBASE, an on-line clinical toxicology database used by hospital emergency departments and intensive care units. We liaise with the database administrators to ensure that relevant Irish products are listed on TOXBASE.
The NPIC is the body responsible for receiving information relating to emergency health response under Article 45 of EU Regulation 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures (CLP regulations). This information should include the chemical composition of mixtures placed on the market and classified as hazardous. The NPIC is also the competent authority to receive ingredient datasheets for detergent products, as stipulated in Annex VII C of the Detergent Regulation.
Manufacturers/suppliers wishing to include the telephone number of the Poisons Information Centre in section 1.4 of a SDS, or on a product label, should contact us to ensure our requirements are met before printing the SDS or label.
Further information from the National Poisons Information Centre is available at http://www.poisons.ie/.
- Manager: Patricia Casey
- Telephone: 01 8092566 or 01 8379964
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org