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Flow analyses of chemical substances

Is turpentine manufactured in Sweden? Which products contain acetic acid? Is nonylphenoletoxylate used in many consumer products? The flow analyses are aimed at addressing questions of this type.


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Flow charts and substance information

The flow chart provides an account of imported, manufactured and exported quantities of the substance/group of substances and their patterns of use. Each chart also contains facts about their methods of production, patterns of use and physical data.

The flow analyses of chemical substances are official statistics, mainly based on data from the Swedish Chemicals Agency's Products Register.


Description of the statistics - quality declaration

Administrative data concerning the product



Structure and reliability



0 Administrative data concerning the product

0.1 Name

Flow analyses of chemical substances – data from the Products Register of the Swedish Chemicals Agency.

0.2 Statistical field


0.3 Competent authority, contact person etc.

Swedish Chemicals Agency, Box 2, SE-172 13 Sundbyberg
Contact person: Margareta Östman, tel: +468-519 41 162
e-mail: margareta.ostman@kemi.se

0.4 – 0.5 Purpose and history

Knowledge as to where chemicals occur and how they are used in the community is needed for the framing of goals and strategies of chemicals control and for the selection of methods for tackling health-related and environmental problems which chemical substances give rise to. The product is also intended to furnish a basis for following up measures taken and observing trends in the use of specific substances. There is growing demand from the general public and the media for data concerning substances or groups of substances which occupy the focus of attention due to their being included on priority lists or for some other reason. Publication of flow analyses describing the substance as such, together with a quantitative flow chart indicating where it occurs in the community, can cover a major information requirement of this kind.

0.6 Users and applications

The Swedish Chemicals Agency, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the Work Environment Authority, regional and local environmental administrations, researchers, the media and government ministries are all users of chemical data compilations.

0.7 Notifiability

Data in the Products Register come under Sections 12-15 of the Chemical Products and Biotechnical Organisms Ordinance (2008:245), under the Appendix to this Ordinance and under the Chemical Products and Biotechnical Organisms Regulations (KIFS 2008:2).

0.8 Rules of secrecy, weeding provisions

The data on which the flow analyses are based are protected under the Secrecy Act. Weeding procedures are governed by rules applying within the national administration.

0.9 EU legislation

No EU Directives apply to reporting in accordance with this product.


1 Contents

1.1 Statistical units

Object and population

All chemical substances as listed by statistical number in Ordinance 2008:245 and imported or manufactured (name changes included) in quantities of more than 100 kg annually have to be reported to the Products Register of the Swedish Chemicals Agency. The term “chemical products” includes both chemical substances and preparations thereof. All these reported chemical products are included in the compilation.


Quantity of imported/exported raw material, quantity of imported/exported substance included in chemical products, manufactured and imported quantities of the substance in specified types of product, any synthesis and other raw material use, no. of products in which the substance is included and how many of these products are available to consumers.

Statistical units

Quantities in tonnes, no. of products.

Accounting groups

Accounting is by substance or group of substances and type of product.

1.2 Comparability with other statistics

No other statistics are produced at this level of detail. 


2 Time

2.1 Reference time

Data refer to the whole of the calendar year in question.

2.2 Production time

The production time depends on the annual update of the Products Register but is estimated at approximately one year.

2.3 Punctuality

Publication takes place at the turn of the year following the latest year reported.

2.4 Frequency

The publication appears annually. Data for all chemical substances or groups of substances are not, however, updated annually, updates being confined to substances where changes have occurred in quantities or patterns of use. Other substances are followed up at two- or three-yearly intervals.

2.5 Comparability over time

Data from the Products Register are comparable year by year. Flow analyses for certain substances exist from 1991 onwards, while data for the greater part of the substances followed up were first published with reference to use in 1993.


3 Structure and reliability

3.1 Total reliability

The analyses are based on a total survey, a registry of all chemical products. Incoming reports from companies are subject to errors with regard to all parameters. Incoming data are scrutinised continuously, active registry management is conducted and errors are corrected.

3.2 Sources of uncertainty


All chemical products which are imported, manufactured or renamed have to be reported to the register. Coverage is good, in terms of notifiable products actually being reported. All the data requested are supplied to the register, and it is only as regards particulars of the chemical composition of products that the degree of coverage varies, depending on the product group to which a product belongs.


All reported products have been included in the survey.

Data collection/Measurement

Companies importing, manufacturing or renaming chemical products in quantities of more than 100 kg annually are required to report the product to the Products Register.


Since the importation/manufacture of chemical products is associated with a chemicals charge, quantitative data must always be supplied to the Register. Otherwise reference is made to the section dealing with coverage.


For every substance or group of substances investigated, all information in the Products Register is processed and scrutinised and is turned into a straightforward flow chart giving data on imports, exports, production and use.

Data concerning the chemical properties of the substance, why and how they are used and international production and use, together with development trends for the substance, are compiled in a short description for each substance or group of substances.

Model assumptions


3.3 Presentation of indicators of uncertainty



4 Availability

4.1 Publication and distribution (inc. electronic media and databases)

The flow analyses are published on the website of the Swedish Chemicals Agency, www.kemikalieinspektionen.se, under the heading Statistics for chemicals. Previous annual editions of the flow analyses can until further notice be ordered as annual reports from the Swedish Chemicals Agency, tel. +46-(+)8-519 41 100, e-mail kemi@kemi.se at a cost of about SEK 350 each.

4.2 Primary material/Micro data: storage and access

The primary material is stored in the Products Register of the Swedish Chemicals Agency.

4.3 Presentation

Information on each substance or group of substances is when first published presented with a text passage describing the substance and a simple flow chart showing the flow of the substance in Sweden in previous years. Updated substances are presented with flow charts only.

4.4 Documentation

Occurrence and use of chemical substances in the community (in Swedish), KemI-rapport 4/93
The Products Register of the Swedish Chemicals Agency brochure.