The Chemical Inspection Service

The Chemical Inspection Service pays a visit

The Chemical Inspection Service monitors compliance with the rules in the chemicals legislation, and the rules linked to this legislation, in total about 50 different statutory orders, regulations and circular letters. The legislation on chemicals is mainly based on EU directives and regulations.
Supervision activities range broadly - from supervision of cosmetics to supervision of lead, and pesticides.
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.

Supervision is organised as:

  • Toxic substance control
  • Control campaigns
  • Processing reports on breaches of law
  • Follow-up on cases
  • Processing warnings (notifications) from other EU member states.
  • Administrative tasks.

The Chemical Inspection Service

Focus areas

In 2011, the Chemical Inspection Service will have focus on these areas:

  • Control of children's face paints
  • Active substances in pesticides
  • Illegal import of pesticides
  • Pesticides in golf clubs
  • Markets and festivals
  • TBT in bottom paints
  • Active substances in biocidal products - reported to the Product Registry
  • Biocidal products in supermarkets and hardware stores
  • REACH-FORUM project - DU and registration
  • Bicycle and hobby glue with toluene, benzene and chloroform
  • Knowledge sharing and control with CLP
  • Child-proof packaging
  • Lead in fishing tackle
  • HCB in fireworks
  • Cosmetics in ethnic shops

In 2010 the Chemical Inspection Service had special focus on these areas:

  • Control analysis of active substances in pesticides
  • Illegal import of pesticides
  • DMF in shoes
  • Control at eye level - festivals and markeds
  • Control of lead in fishing tackle
  • Control of electrical toys
  • Illegal bottom paint for pleasure boats
  • Control with the registration of slaked lime
  • Nickel release from hair clips
  • VOC labelling of auto paints
  • Greenhouse gasses in air-conditioning systems
  • HCB in fireworks
  • Hair dye

Mobile Phones comply with nickel rules . Read the press release from the 20.th of May 2010.

Judgement in Washing Powder Case Read more about the High Court Judgement handed down April 29,2009.


Nordic and European cooperation

The Chemical Inspection Service cooperates with the Nordic and European authorities.

Nordic cooperation

The Chemical Inspection Services in Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Denmark join together in the formal "Nordic Inspection Group" under the Nordic Council of Ministers' Nordic Chemical Group.
The group works to set up and maintain a network of inspection service staff; to contribute jointly to selected inspection areas; and to coordinate Nordic efforts in cooperation with the rest of Europe.
In recent years, the group has carried out joint campaigns on supervision within the following areas:

  • CMR-substances in consumer products
  • Classification and labelling of textile detergents
  • Classification and labelling of artist colours

Read the report (on the website of the Nordic Council of Ministers)

In 2006 and 2007 a joint inspection campaign on the classification and labelling of car maintenance agents was implemented.
In addition, the group prepared a report called "Analysis of the enforcement according to REACH" where a survey of the inspection tasks imposed on the EU member states by the entry into force of REACH.

European cooperation CLEEN

The authorities that inspect chemicals in Europe are cooperating on supervision of chemical substances and products in CLEEN (Chemical Legislation European Enforcement Network).
The Network aims at strengthening cooperation among European chemical inspection services, thus improving the knowledge and understanding of and compliance with chemicals regulation. The Network also aims at making sure that manufacturers and importers operate under equal conditions in all countries.
In recent years, the group has carried out joint campaigns on supervision within the following areas:

  • ECLIPS: Control of classification and labelling of chemical products.
  • EuroOzone: Control of ozone-depleting substances.
  • EuroCad: Control of cadmium in articles.
  • EuroAzo, that covers control of azo pigments in textiles.

Reports on inspection campaigns are available at the CLEEN website.

The website of other authorities: Norway www.sft.no ; Sweden www.kemi.se
Finland www.sttv.fi Iceland www.ust.is
Nordic Chemicals group CLEEN