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Confidential substance names

The labelling and the safety data sheets of preparations classified as hazardous must contain information on certain included substances.

The substance name must be given with an internationally recognised chemical denomination, preferably Einecs or Elincs designation. 

Suppliers may submit a request for use of an alternative chemical name for substances contained in a mixture to the European Chemicals Agency or to a member state competent authority in case the disclosure of the chemical identity of these substances on the label or safety data sheet puts the confidential nature of their business at risk.

Exceptions from this requirement can be made only after a decision has been taken by the competent authority in the country where the preparation was released on the market for the first time. The Swedish Chemicals Agency is the competent authority in Sweden.

Read more in Article 15 of Directive 1999/45/EC and in Sections 15 and 16 a of the Swedish Chemicals Agency's Regulations (KIFS 2005:7) on the Classification and Labelling of Chemical Products.

Suppliers who may report the listed substances without indicating chemical identity:

Complete list in Swedish, last amendment 28 August 2014.

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KIFS 2005:7

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    a company can apply for a permit to use a descriptive name (generic name) of a component included in a product and use that name on a label or in a safety data sheet instead of an unambiguous chemical name.



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