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The Swedish Chemicals Agency regularly invites municipalities and county administrative boards to participate in joint projects within different enforcement areas. Cooperation projects have turned out to be an appreciated means of guidance whereby participants can alternate theory with applied enforcement.

CLP hazard pictogram on a plastic bottle.

Chemical products

Regional inspection rounds (RIO)

Geographical selection of new companies or companies that have not been inspected during the last five years. Inspections have a broad perspective within our sphere of enforcement, without focus on a particular area of legislation or product group.

Customs projects

By way of custom excerpts identify companies that are not registered in the products register and are, thus, not subjects to enforcement.

Analysis of fireworks

Follow-up of previous analysis projects, when we found hexachloro benzene, for example.

Products register quality projects

Inspection of a number of companies that have not completed their information to the products register, despite requests to do so. In addition to the inspection aspect, the project aims to find methods to identify companies that should be registered but which are not.

Car care products

Tip-offs have made us aware of deficient product information for car care products. We will finalise this project during 2015.

Pilot project under the FORUM according to REACH

Joint EU project on enforcement of authorisation under REACH.

Possible issues from other authorities

ECHA matters, Statements of non compliance, SONC. The Swedish Transport Agency; matters on sulphur concentration in marine fuel.

Other event-driven enforcement

Tip-offs in the form of letters, e-mail and calls are received by our inspectors and regard defective products (suspected not to comply with legal requirements). These are prioritised  and some are chosen to be inspection and check-up.

Pesticides

Customs project

Examination of imported, possible pesticides to check if they are authorised and reported to the Swedish Chemicals Agency if there is such a requirement.

Products register quality project

A checkup that data reported to the Swedish Chemical Agency’s products register are correct and up-to-date.

Analysis of pesticides

Includes checkup of documentation and chemical analyses to find out if the concentration of active substance in the pesticide corresponds to the authorisation given.

Other event-driven enforcement

Tip-offs in the form of letters, e-mail and calls are received by our inspectors and regard defective products (suspected not to comply with legal requirements). These are prioritised  and some are chosen to be inspection and check-up.

Articles

Material in the indoor environment

Inspections of articles used in the bathroom; continued project that previously focused on floor materials, furniture and home textiles.

Toys

Inspections of toys; based on the results of previous inspections, which showed large deficiencies in some companies, including new provisions on the chemical contents in toys in the Toys Directive.

Electric and electronic equipment

Examination of electric and electronic equipment through chemical analyses and checkup of documentation by letter inspections; based on the results of previous inspections, which showed large deficiencies in many articles.

Plastic articles

Examination of simpler types of consumer plastic articles by chemical analyses and letter inspections, for example details on clothing, bags and similar articles of limitation leather, including pencil cases and similar articles; based on experiences made in a project in 2014.

Clothing and shoes

Inspections of clothing and shoes. The objective is to conduct the project in cooperation with Denmark and Norway.

Other event-driven enforcement

Tip-offs in the form of letters, e-mail and calls are received by our inspectors and regard defective products (suspected not to comply with legal requirements). These are prioritised  and some are chosen to be inspection and check-up.

 

The following are examples of planned and finalised projects:

CLP labelling in retail trade 2017

The project is aimed at enforcement of provisions on labelling and packaging of chemical products according to the CLP Regulation.

Pesticides in agriculture 2015

The project is carried out in cooperation with the Swedish Board of Agriculture and focuses on the new legislation on integrated pest management (IPM), evaluation of plant protection products and conditions for use. The aim is to increase the knowledge of IPM among farmers and environmental inspectors in order for them to achieve more efficient plant protection.

Information on the website of the Swedish Board of Agriculture.

Jewellery in the retail trade (SMID) 2014

The project was carried out in cooperation with around 100 municipalities.

REACH enforcement 2012/2013

The project in 2012 to 2013 was carried out in cooperation with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the focus was on the REACH Regulation.

Chemicals in agriculture 2010/2011

During 2010–2011 the Swedish Chemicals Agency and the Swedish Board of Agriculture cooperated with 133 municipalities in a project to evaluate plant protection products and conditions of use. The aim was to increase the knowledge of safe handling of plant protection products.

Chemicals in retail trade 2009/2010

129 municipalities and the Swedish Chemicals Agency cooperated in a project to check chemical products in the retail trade sold to consumers.