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Substances in materials

Different materials are associated with the occurrence of various chemical substances. It may be substances that the material is made up of, additives or substances that are used during the manufacturing process and may occur in residual amounts in the final product. In advanced search in PRIO, you can search on various material categories and their subcategories and get information about substances that can occur in different materials. As a procurer/purchaser or product developer, you may use that information as support when setting specific chemical requirements on your suppliers.

Material categories

In PRIO, the materials are divided into ten main categories that correspond to the material categories used in the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) SCIP database External link, opens in new window. (Substances of Concern In Articles as such or in complex objects (Products)). To the SCIP database, suppliers of articles must submit information to Echa on substances of high concern (SVHC), i.e. substances on the Candidate list in the REACH regulation, if present in concentration above 0,1 w/w. The main material categories in PRIO are further divided into subcategories which are not necessarily harmonized with the subcategories in the SCIP database. PRIO further includes an additional main category (Chemical product, material related) which is not used in the SCIP database. Below you will find searchable main categories and their subcategories in PRIO.

Material (main categories)

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Searchable subcategories

  • Adhesive
  • Printing ink
  • Sealant
  • Paint and varnish

Searchable subcategories

  • Bromobutyl rubber (BIIR)
  • Butadiene rubber (BR)
  • Butyl rubber (IIR)
  • Chlorinated polyethylene rubber (CM/CPE)
  • Chloroprene rubber (CR)
  • Chlorosulfonated polyethylene rubber (CSM)
  • Epichlorohydrin rubber (ECO)
  • Ethene-propene rubber (EPM-EPDM)
  • Ethylene acrylate copolymer rubber (ACM)
  • Ethylene acrylic rubber (AEM)
  • Ethylene vinylacetate rubber (EVA)
  • Fluoro rubber (FPM)
  • Hydrogenated acrylonitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR)
  • Isoprene rubber (IR)
  • Natural rubber (NR)
  • Nitrile rubber (NBR)
  • Other rubber materials
  • Silicone rubber (PVMQ)
  • Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR)
  • Thermoplastic elastomer
  • Urethane rubber (PU)

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Searchable subcategories

  • Acrylic plastic (e.g. PMMA)
  • Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS)
  • Epoxy (EP)
  • Fluoro plastic (e.g. PTFE)
  • Melamine plastic
  • Other plastic materials
  • Phenolic plastic
  • Polyamide (PA)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Polycarbonate/Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS)
  • Polyethene (PE)
  • Polyoxymethylene (POM)
  • Polypropene (PP)
  • Polystyrene (PS)
  • Polyurethane (PUR)
  • Polyvinylchloride (PVC)
  • Thermoplastic polyester (e.g. PET and PBT)
  • Unsaturated polyester
  • Urea plastic

You can read more about common types of plastic on the Swedish Chemicals Agency’s website (in Swedish).

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Searchable subcategories

  • Acetate
  • Acrylic
  • Cotton
  • Flax/Linen
  • Polyamide/Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Polypropene
  • Silk
  • Spandex/Elastane
  • Triacetate
  • Viscose/Rayon
  • Wool

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The information on substances and their potential occurrence in materials is obtained mainly from public accessible sources. The sources include the government assignment on mapping hazardous chemical substances 2017–2020, Reach registrations and other databases. The information on potential occurrence in materials is divided into two levels of reliability (Occurrence in materials and Indicated occurrence in materials) to demonstrate credibility. On the highest level of reliability, occurrence in materials, the information has been reviewed at a substance level whereas on the lower level, indicated occurrence in materials, the information is mainly based on an overall screening level (Swedish Chemicals Agency’s assessment). The information in the database on substances in materials is provided primarily from more reviewed data and secondarily at the screening level when more reviewed data was not available. Updates to the database with new information on occurrence of substances in materials are carried out continuously as a part the administrative work of the Swedish Chemicals Agency.

Occurrence in materials:

  1. Information on occurrence of a substance in a material has been retrieved in the sources used by the Swedish Chemicals Agency, and the information has been reviewed at a substance level.

Indicated occurrence in materials:

  1. Information on occurrence of a substance in a material has been retrieved in the sources used by the Swedish Chemicals Agency, and the information has mainly been reviewed at an overall screening level, or
  2. the substance has been detected in non-target screening studies.


Last published 11 December 2023