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Guidance in substitution

The substitution center works with counseling and training in chemical substitution. We welcome questions from companies, authorities and organizations operating in Sweden, although our focus is guidance to small and medium-sized companies. This is what we can offer.

We provide guidance on hazardous chemical substances in products and processes

We refer to the Swedish Chemicals Agency categorization and recommendations for substances that are considered hazardous and should be substituted. It is:

  • Phase-out substances. Chemicals to be substituted to the greatest extent possible. (Includes CMRs, PBTs, and endocrine disruptors, among others.)
  • Priority risk-reduction substances. Subjects you should consider replacing after a risk assessment is performed. (Includes substances with very high acute or chronic toxicity.)

Our guidance does not include:

  • Pesticides used in, for example, horticulture, agriculture and forestry
  • Medicines and medical devices

Guidance at all steps in the substitution process

Our Substitution Guide, is based on the Swedish Chemicals Agency's 5 steps of substitution. We offer guidance in all five steps of the substitution process. It includes, for example:

  • Guidance on how you can start working on substitution in your company
  • Guidance on communication with subcontractors regarding the chemical content of your products
  • Help with the use of our support material; templates for communication with subcontractors as well as risk assessment of product and mapping of the supply chain
  • Adaptation and further development of the support material to suit your business and your products
  • Guidance on which databases and resources are relevant to your substitution question
  • Help finding a suitable laboratory for analysis of your product, material or chemica
  • Guidance on which strategy is suitable for your substitution question, based on the principles of Alternatives Assessment
  • Guidance on choice of strategy for how to invent possible alternatives for your substitution
  • Guidance on how to proceed with verification of alternatives for your chemical
  • Help find a laboratory or test bed that can verify alternatives

We help you find experts for your question

We can guide, help find information and take smaller assignments for individual companies. We cannot, however, undertake larger and longer assignments for individual companies. This is what we can offer:

  • A "check", which give you help from the Swedish Center for Chemical Substitution and / or others within RISE for about 10 hours
  • Help get in touch with the right resource within RISE for further advice, analysis or testing get a price quote for the job
  • Direct your question to the right expertise within our network of partners

Alternatives assessment is the basis for our guidance

Our advice is based on Alternatives assessment, which involves a holistic view of substitution. This means that factors such as health, environment, function and economy - throughout the life cycle - are taken into account in the assessment of alternatives, thereby increasing the conditions for a healthy substitution. We offer:

  • Information about the Alternatives Assessment process
  • How to work with Alternatives Assessment in your organization
  • Find alternatives based on the resources available online
  • From autumn 2020, we offer training in Alternatives Assessment

Contact us!

Please, send your question to substitutionscentrum@ri.se
Or call us, contact information can be found below.

 


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Anna Jacobs

Centrumledare för substitutionscentrum

+46 10 228 45 30
anna.jacobs@ri.se

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Nina Melander

Rådgivare Substitutionscentrum

+46 10 516 52 16
nina.melander@ri.se

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