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In Step 2, it is time to investigate if there are any hazardous chemicals to substitute in your goods. This assumes that you have collected information about the content of your goods from the suppliers, as described in Step 1.
If your supplier has declared chemical content, note which chemicals your supplier has declared (with CAS number and name) and in what concentration. Feel free to use our Excel template contained in the support material to gather your documentation in one place. Concentrations of a chemical in your product can be crucial in a risk assessment and prioritization for further work.
There are many databases and negative lists you can use to investigate if a substance in your product is undesirable. For example, you can search for substances that are already regulated, require authorization, are "phase-out substances" or "priority risk reduction substances" according to PRIO-guidelines.
Tips! Contact the Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution if you need help with which databases are relevant to your substitution question.
As a manufacturer, importer or distributor of a product marketed in the EU / EEA, you must submit information to the ECHA (Substances of Concern In Articles) database, if your product contains a substance of very high concern from the candidate list at a content of at least 0.1% by weight. This applies from January 5, 2021.
To monitor that your supplier has declared correct information on chemical content, you can choose to perform chemical analyses and samples. Sampling can either be taken "at random" or by selecting a priority product group, material or specific supplier.
Tips! Contact the Swedish Centre for Chemical Substitution if you need help finding the appropriate laboratory for analysis of your product, material or chemical.