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Is the Swedish Chemicals Agency the authority you are looking for? 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.

Swedish Chemicals Agency

The agency´s task is to improve and strengthen health and environmental legislation concerning chemicals. We check that the industry comply with applicable rules and we handle applications for approval of pesticides before they can be used.

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Swedish Work Environment Authority

The Swedish Work Environment Authority´s goal is to reduce the risk of bad health and accidents and to improve the work environment. Inspectors check compliance with the rules when they inspect working places.

Swedish Work Environment Authority

Swedish Poisons Information Centre

The centre can answer questions relating to poisonings 24 hours a day. Call them in the event of an accident. Telephone: 112

Swedish Poisons Information Centre

Swedish Board of Agriculture

The Board of Agriculture is the Government's expert authority in matters of agri-food policy, and is responsible for the agricultural and horticultural sectors to the benefit of us as consumers. The Board is responsible for providing advice and eduction to professional users of pesticides.

Swedish Board of Agriculture

Swedish Consumer Agency

The agency is responsible for product safety and information and service to consumers together with the municipalities. On konsumenteuropa, advice is given on shopping from another EU member states.

Supervision of the chemical properties of consumer products is carried out in co-operation with the Swedish Chemicals Agency. Consumer guides provide answers to the rights and obligations of consumers´ questions on the website Hallå konsument.

Swedish Consumer Agency

Municipalities

The municipal environment and health protection boards are responsible for checking chemical products, pesticides and articles with regard to placing on the market in the retail trade. In cooperation with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency they also are responsible for handling community wastes. 

Municipalities, county councils and regions

National Food Agency

The agency works towards ensuring safe food and drinking water. The municipalities, the county administrative boards and the National Food Agency in cooperation check that the manufacturers and distributors of food comply with applicable legislation.

National Food Administration

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

Medical Products Agency

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

The MSB is responsible to develop, in cooperation with others, the ability of the individual and the civil society to prevent, handle and learn from emergencies and crises.

The agency handles issues regarding transport of dangerous goods. On the website DinSäkerhet.se guidance and information on risks is given to consumers.

Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

The agency monitors the state of the environment and is responsible for the follow-up and evaluation of  the work on Sweden´s environmental objectives, which engage many authorities in cooperation.

The agency is an expert authority for chemicals in the form of waste and is responsible for managing disposal of waste in cooperation with the local municipality. 

Swedish Environmental Protection Agency