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The enforcement of chemicals are divided between different agencies, depending on the use area of the product. This overview table is a guide to finding the competent authority.

 

Authorities

Area

Description

Chemical substances and products

Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI)

The Swedish Chemicals Agency a central supervisory authority responsible for chemical products and biotechnical organisms. KemI monitors manufacturers and importers of chemical products and articles.

KemI´s products register contains information on chemical substances and products that are manufactured in or imported to Sweden.

KemI examines documentation on pesticides and authorises their use before they may be sold. 

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

The MSB was established in January 2009 when the Swedish Emergency Management Agency, the Swedish Rescue Services Agency, and the Swedish National Board of Psychological Defence closed down. The MSB is responsible for matters related to civil protection and defence and emergency management.

The agency monitors manufacturers and importers of chemical products and articles regarding their flammable, oxidising and explosive properties.

The MSB provides advice on issues relating to products and articles with these properties.

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

Chemical risks in the work environment

The Swedish Work Environment Authority

The authority is responsible for monitoring chemical risks in the work situation and ensures that employers comply with the requirements of the Work Environment Act. In inspections, for example, the authority checks that limit values are not exceeded.

The Swedish Work Environment Authority

Chemicals in food

The National Food Agency

The administration is responsible for checking that our food and drinking water do not contain concentrations of pesticide residues that exceed the permitted levels.

The National Food Agency

Chemicals in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and hygienic products

The Medical Products Agency

The agency is responsible for authorising medicinal products for human and veterinary use, including natural remedies. 

Cosmetic and hygienic products for human use are monitored by the agency.

Cosmetic and hygienic products for animal use are chemical products and are monitored by the Swedish Chemicals Agency.

The Medical Products Agency

Chemical transports

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

The authority is responsible for issues relating to the transport of dangerous goods.

MSB monitors dangerous goods managers, who have to be engaged by those shipping or transporting dangerous goods.

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

Chemicals as waste

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)

SEPA and the local municipality deal with chemicals in the form of waste. The Agency has also issued regulations on the application of, i.e. spreading, of pesticides in agriculture.

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)

Consumer products

The Swedish Consumer Agency

The agency is responsible for supervising compliance with the Products Safety Act, according to which articles and service offered to consumers must be safe.

Supervision of the chemical properties of consumer products is carried out in co-operation with the Swedish Chemicals Agency.

The Swedish Consumer Agency

Local conditions

Municipalities

Environmental protection committees and rescue services boards of municipalities are responsible for local conditions. Environmental protection committees are the supervisory authorities for both chemical products and food handling.

Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions

Accidents relating to poisoning

The Swedish Poisons Information Centre

The centre should be called in the event of an accident. They can answer questions relating to poisonings 24 hours a day. Telephone: 112

The Swedish Poisons Information Centre

Created
2011-07-15