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. 

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.

Focus on specific substances
Chemical substances are not always dangerous. But there are some that are important to pay particular attention to, ex. nanomaterials.

Do your articles contain Candidate Liste substances
If you are a supplier of an article containing more than 0.1% (weight by weight) of a Candidate List substance, you must communicate this information to your customers, and, if necessary, guide them on safe use.

Consumers & consumer products 
All consumer products like toys, cosmetics, clothes, 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.

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.