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Statistical overview of the use of chemicals in 2010

30 March 2012

Today, the Swedish Chemicals Agency published statistics with data for 2010 in the Overview of chemicals. The statistics contain data on the types of chemicals used in Sweden and the substances they contain.

The number of registered products with chemical contents increased significantly in 2010 compared with 2009.

- Both the number of chemical products and the amount of chemicals used have increased. This is probably due to recovery from the economic dip in 2008 and 2009, says Margareta Östman at the Swedish Chemical Agency´s Products Register.

7,500 more chemicals were reported in 2010 than in 2009; a 10-percent increase. The total amount of traded chemicals increased by 10 million tonnes.

Information about the hazard classification

The overview also includes several tables showing which hazard classes the products belong to. Since there are now two parallel classification systems for hazardous chemicals, the classification of them is also reported in parallel. Existing systems are the old classification according to the Swedish Chemical Agency´s Classification and Labelling Regulations (KIFS 2005:7) and the new classification according to CLP (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008). CLP is being gradually introduced until 2015.

The tables contain both the two applied classification systems, which makes it difficult to discern trends of increasing or decreasing hazard over the next few years, because the classes in the new and old systems is not defined in the same way but overlap.

- We will have to observe the old classes decrease in numbers and the new ones increase and come to a conclusion on the situation in due time, says Margareta Östman.

Go to the overview of chemicals