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Statistics in brief - Quantitative distribution of all substances in chemicals in Sweden

About 85,000 chemical products are imported to or manufactured in Sweden and registered in the products register. These products contain almost 15,000 different substances according to the reporting companies. About one fourth of the substances are polymers.

Graph - Quantitative distribution of all substances in Swedish chemicals.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency.

The number of substances reported as ingredients in chemical products increases with a couple of hundred substances each year. Probably this reflects the growing knowledge among the importers of what is contained in the products, not many truly new substances are introduced.

Very few high volume substances are added per year. Only 589 substances were imported to or manufactured in more than 1,000 tonnes during 2012. The same year 8,282 substances in less than one tonne were brought on the Swedish market in chemicals.

Number of substances in different quantity intervals in chemical products, tonnes
Year< 11 - 1010 - 100100 - 1000> 1000Total
1993 4,165 1,765 1,312 657 383 8,282
1994 4,641 2,052 1,502 733 428 9,356
1995 5,062 2,146 1,629 803 456 10,096
1996 5,435 2,329 1,712 889 493 10,858
1997 5,592 2,449 1,774 937 525 11,277
1998 5,797 2,463 1,786 922 537 11,505
1999 6,154 2,463 1,881 950 530 11,978
2000 6,307 2,549 1,852 981 540 12,229
2001 6,462 2,545 1,895 967 536 12,406
2002 6,696 2,556 1,824 971 555 12,602
2003 6,836 2,521 1,807 981 554 12,699
2004 7,198 2,516 1,905 988 578 13,185
2005 7,505 2,606 1,878 1,023 583 13,611
2006 6,848 3,464 1,952 1,074 583 13,922
2008 6,988 3,385 1,961 1,038 587 13,959
2010 7,711 3,499 1,933 1,004 590 14,737
2012 8,035 3,517 1,905 1,015 589 15,060

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency.

According to the European chemicals legislation REACH, substances that are manufactured or imported into the EU in less than one tonne do not have to be registered. For substances in larger amounts the suppliers have to submit data on hazard and risks at handling. The higher the quantity the more data.

REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation of Chemicals. It is expected that around 30,000 substances are on the European market in such quantities that they have to be registered.