Swedish rules on cadmium in fertilisers


Mineral fertilisers may contain cadmium as an impurity. There is a ban on offering for sale or transferring certain fertilisers that contain more than 100 grams of cadmium per ton of phosphorus. The purpose of the restriction is to reduce the cadmium content in agricultural land and thus reduce the content in crops.

Restriction of cadmium in fertilisers

Prohibition in Certain Cases in Connection with the Handling, Import and Export of Chemical Products Ordinance (1998:944), 3§ (In Swedish only) External link.

Reporting cadmium content to the Products Register

If you manufacture or import fertilisers into Sweden, you must report information including the cadmium content to the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s Products Register in accordance with the rules in Chapter 3 of the Swedish Chemicals Agency Regulations (KIFS 2017:7) on Chemical Products and Biotechnical Organisms. The information shall be reported to the Products Register through the web-portal.

KIFS 2017:7 on Chemical Products and Biotechnical Organisms (In Swedish only)

Dispensation from the ban

If there are special reasons, the Swedish Chemicals Agency may grant a dispensation from the ban. The application fee is 15 000 SEK. In order for us to assess your application, you must submit written documentation and provide sufficiently good reasons for a dispensation. We can only grant a dispensation in individual cases.

Last published 15 June 2020