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Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations related to the Swedish Chemicals Agency's area of responsibility.

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17 species approved as biological pesticides

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency has approved the first 17 species of nematodes, insects and arachnids for use as biological pesticides. Therefore, the products earlier authorised by the Swedish Chemicals Agency and expiring at the end of 2017 may be sold and used even after the end of the year.

Requirements for walk-in-tunnels

Plant protection products which are used in walk-in-tunnels must be authorised for such use. The areas of use shall be specified on the label. Use our new guidance if you want to apply for an authorisation for walk-in-tunnels.

New criteria for low-risk active substances in plant protection products

The EU Commission has updated the criteria for low-risk active substances in plant protection products. The new criteria apply from August 28, 2017.

The EU Commission
The EU Commission

Current EU public consultations on chemicals

Share your views on the EU policy and legislation through the EU Public Consultations.

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Action plan for a toxic-free everyday environment 2015–2020

The Swedish Chemicals Agency has been commissioned by the government to continue work on the action plan during 2015-2020 to achieve a non-toxic everyday environment.

New report: Further restrictions are needed on microplastics in products

3/23/2018 To protect the environment there is a need for further restrictions on microplastics in cosmetic products and other chemical products. That is the conclusion from a new report by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. The Agency concludes that the continued work primarily should be carried out at EU level.

Sweden is hosting an international conference on chemicals

3/8/2018 Sweden will be hosting an international conference on chemicals and waste on 13–15 March. The conference is about developing a new global goal structure for chemicals and waste that is to apply beyond 2020.

Proposal to ban 200 highly fluorinated substances

12/20/2017 Sweden and Germany propose that about 200 highly fluorinated substances (PFASs) are to be banned in the entire EU. The substances have extremely poor degradability in the environment and accumulate in living organisms. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is now holding a public consultation regarding the proposal.

The Swedish Chemicals Agency is introducing a reporting requirement for nanomaterials

12/5/2017 The Swedish Chemicals Agency is introducing a new requirement whereby companies reporting products to the Agency’s Products Register must also state whether these products contain nanomaterials. The new regulations come into force on 1 January 2018. This means that information on nanomaterials will be reported for the first time in the Products Register in February 2019.

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