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National Inspectorates - Sweden

The responsibility for enforcement of REACH, CLP and BPR in Sweden is mainly placed on the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI), with some exemptions. The REACH provisions concerning the safety of workers, is the responsibility of the Swedish Work Environment Authority and the REACH provisions concerning the safety of workplaces, with focus on the environment, will be the local and regional authorities responsibility.

The enforcement of REACH, CLP and BPR in Sweden is implemented under the Environmental Code. Penalty provisions for non-compliance are found in Chapter 29. Sanctions for infringement of REACH, CLP and BPR are generally a fine or imprisonment for a maximum of two years.

Authorities responsible for REACH enforcement

  • The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) - KEMI carries out inspections of Reach compliance for substances mixtures and of articles by primary suppliers placing them on the market. The Swedish REACH Helpdesk is under the Swedish Chemicals Agency.
  • The Swedish Work Environment Authority - The governmental authority responsible for the enforcement of REACH in respect of the safety of workers which carries out inspections of information provided to workers.
  • Customs authorities might be involved in REACH enforcement for specific inspections.
  • Local and regional authorities will carry out inspections for environmental issues among downstream users. Focus in these inspections will be to control that the companies comply with the information given in exposure scenarios and safety data sheets and that substances subject to authorization or restriction are used according to the provisions

Authorities responsible for CLP enforcement

  • The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) - KEMI carries out inspections of classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures by primary suppliers placing chemical products and biotechnical organisms on the market. The Swedish CLP Helpdesk is under the Swedish Chemicals Agency.
  • Local authorities will carry out inspections at retailers who are not primary suppliers in Sweden. Focus in these inspections will be to control that the companies comply with labelling and packaging provisions.

Authorities responsible for BPR enforcement

  • The Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) - KEMI carries out inspections of primary suppliers placing biocidal products and treated articles on the market.
  • Local and regional authorities carry out inspections of retailers (of both biocidal products and treated articles) and users of biocidal products.

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