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National Inspectorates - Finland

The following authorities are responsible for the enforcement of REACH, CLP and Biocide Product Regulations in Finland:

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and Ministry of the Environment are responsible for the overall management and supervision of the REACH, CLP and Biocide Product Regulation in Finland.

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) is appointed as the Competent Authority of REACH and CLP as well as the Competent Authority of Biocides Product Regulation (BPR). Tukes is responsible for REACH and CLP and BPR enforcement regarding to all provisions relating to placing on the market of chemicals, biocides and treated articles. Tukes is responsible for the national Helpdesk for REACH, CLP and BPR.

In accordance with the Finnish Chemicals Act, enforcement of chemicals regarding the use and storage of chemicals in regional and municipal level is carried out by

  • Occupational health and safety authority (Regional State Administrative Agencies)
  • Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment
  • Municipal environmental authorities

The national enforcement of chemicals is also carried out by

  • Finnish Customs (Tulli)
  • Finnish Defence Forces

Authorities responsible for the enforcement of chemicals

Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) Enforcement of CLP, REACH and BPR regarding all provisions relating to placing on the market of chemicals and biocides; and registration, authorization, notification, information and compliance with restrictions; and to making available on the market of a biocide product or of a treated article.

Occupational health and safety authority (Regional State Administrative Agencies (AVI) Six regional state administrative agencies supervise the use of chemicals and biocide products within the workplace. Their focus regards the enforcement of chemicals on downstream user obligations, authorizations and compliance with restrictions.

Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) Fifteen regional centers supervise environmental hazard prevention in industrial plants. Their focus is on downstream user obligations, authorizations and restrictions.

Finnish Customs is responsible for the enforcement of the import of chemicals and biocide products. Their focus is on registration, notification, authorizations and compliance with restrictions.

Municipal Environmental Authorities supervise environmental hazard prevention in industrial plants in context with the supervision of the Environmental Protection Act.

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