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Step 1. Gather information on chemical content

In Step 1, we walk you through what information you should ask your suppliers for and tips on web-resources for more information about legislations and chemical content of your goods.

1.1 Substitutionscentrums stödmaterial för kemikaliearbete

Som tillverkare, importör eller distributör av varor i Sverige har du ett ansvar att följa Reach-förordningen. Exempel på ett krav är att informera konsumenter om din vara innehåller mer än 0,1% av ämnen från Kandidatförteckningen vid förfrågan. Vissa ämnen är begränsade eller förbjudna att användas i varor. För att säkerställa att du uppfyller Reach-förordningen behöver du ha ett systematiskt kemikaliearbete, vilket innebär att samla information om kemikalieinnehåll i dina varor.

 ToolsTips! Substitutionscentrum har sammanställt ett stödmaterial som hjälp. I materialet ingår översikt av lagkrav, leverantörsintyg för flera material och en mall för att dokumentera informationen. Med hjälp av stödmaterialet kan du förenkla ditt kemikaliearbete och säkerställa att dina varor uppfyller gällande lagkraven.

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1.1 Chemical legislations for goods

The consulting company Trossa has, on behalf of the Substitution Center, compiled support material for systematic chemical work. The material consists of: (1) A legal requirements guide for materials used in products such as clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture and furnishings. (2) Template to use when contacting suppliers and (3) Excel-sheets to map supply chain. The guide can also be used for other goods using materials which are covered in the support material.

Lagstiftning om informationskrav för kemikalier


1.2 Products under specific legislation

Do you need more information on definitions for goods or legislation in addition to the Product Safety Act (for example electronics, cosmetics, toys etc.) and what applies under REACH? Visit the Swedish Chemicals Agency's website for more information.

Go the Swedish Chemicals Agency's website

NEWS! European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) developed a tool for SMEs. The tool can be used to track changes in chemical legislations easier.

Go to the Legislation finder

Lagstiftning som ej ingår i stödmaterialet


1.3 Chemical Criteria based on material

Given how many chemicals are being produced and the number of products available, it is not easy to know what requirements you should make for different materials and products. The materials can also be treated with chemicals to give or maintain a desired property or function. While defining requirements for your goods, the chemical requirements should be relevant for the material in question.

Our supporting material contains templates which cover current legislation for different materials. Use the templates to gather information about chemical content in your materials from suppliers in your supply chain. You can customize the templates to suit your company's needs and, for example, expand with additional requirements on chemicals. The certificates for suppliers are available in both Swedish and English and are intended for the materials in the table above.

Tips! Contact us if you need guidance in communicating with suppliers or adjusting the templates.

Read more and download Support material here

Bok-bladdrarTips! Gå gärna vår grundkurs "Så tar du reda på om dina varor innehåller skadliga kemikalier" om du vill lära dig mer.
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1.5 Additional documentation

In addition to completing the Substitution Centers templates for suppliers, you can ask suppliers for other types of documentation. For example:

  • A certificate that the supplier complies with special legislation
  • Safety data sheet for additives used in your materials
  • Composition Lists
  • Analysis protocol from an accredited laboratory

Note that the supplier is not obliged to share this information and that cooperation will vary between suppliers.

Substitutionscentrums stödmaterial

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+46 10 516 52 16

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