Chemicals in products

Chemicals are present in practically everything that we surround ourselves with. We cannot do without chemicals in modern life, but some chemicals have harmful effects on humans and on the environment.

Political objectives for managing chemicals
All the parties in the Danish Parliament have on 17 November 2017 agreed on a new set of chemicals initiatives for 2018-21 in “Political Agreement on new joint chemicals initiatives 2018-21”.

Legal framework for managing chemicals
In Denmark, the chemicals sector is regulated by the Chemical Substances and Products Act. As an importer, manufacturer or distributor of chemical substances or products, you need to know the rules governing this area.

Responsibility for managing chemicals
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA) is responsible for monitoring compliance with chemical regulations. 

Consumers & consumer products 
All consumer products like toys, cosmetics, chlothes, electronics and furniture contain chemicals. By making surveys and information campaigns The Danish EPA makes an effort to ensure that the products and their use do not harm our health or the environment.

Assessment of Chemicals 
The Danish EPA continually assesses the risk associated with a number of substances whose effects we are not yet familiar with. This work is carried out in collaboration with other EU Member States. Any new knowledge can be used to establish EU regulation. The 2012-2015 project on the List of Undesirable substances is an examples of such assessments.

The Chemical Inspection Service
Inspections take place all over Denmark, but for practical reasons the Inspection often visits a shop in the Copenhagen area. Time and again, the Chemical Inspection Service chooses to test products for further control.

Endocrine disruptors
The national strategy on endocrine disruptors has 3 focus areas: knowledge building and development of test methods, action-orientated investigations and regulation. Denmark is actively contributing to the EU work on endocrine disruptors, including development of criteria and tools for identification of endocrine disruptors.

The background and the procedures in relation to the EU-risk assessment programme on existing substances carried out under Regulation 793/93 is described at the EU-website

From a health and environment perspective, the main interest lies in nanomaterials. These are particles or objects that are smaller than 100 nanometres in length along at least one side.