Chemicals legislation

One of the primary goals of chemicals legislation is to prevent the environmental impacts of chemicals before they can cause problems.

The chemicals legislation of the European Community has been significantly updated in recent years. In addition to the REACH Regulation, other community-level regulations that concern chemicals and can be directly applied in the member countries.

  • Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006  of the European Parliament and Council Concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) (EUR-Lex)
  • Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) (EUR-Lex)
  • Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 of the European Parliament and Council on Persistent Organic Pollutants and Amending Directive 79/117/EEC (EUR-Lex)
  • Regulation (EC) No 689/2008 of the European Parliament and Council Concerning the Export and Import of Dangerous Chemicals (EUR-Lex)
  • Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 of the European Parliament and Council on Detergents (EUR-Lex)
  • Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and Council Concerning the Making Available on the Market and Use of Biocidal Products (EUR-Lex)
  • Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and Council Concerning the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market (EUR-Lex)
  • Regulation (EC) No 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and Council on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (EUR-Lex)
  • Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council on fluorinated greenhouse gases and repealing Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 (EUR-Lex)

National legislation has also been the target of continuous changes in Finland for over a decade. A significant portion of the implemented changes have been connected to attempts to manage environmental risks better than before.

  • Chemicals Act 599/2013 (Finlex)
  • Chemicals Decree 675/1993 (Finlex)
  • Decree on the Retail Sale of Hazardous Chemicals 573/2011  (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Environmental Protection Act 527/2014 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Environmental Protection Decree 713/2014 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Act on Plant Protection Products 1563/2011 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Waste Act 646/2011 (Finlex)
  • Waste Decree 179/2012 (Finlex)
  • Health Protection Act 763/1994 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Act on the Safe Handling and Storage of Dangerous Chemicals and Explosives, Chemicals Safety Act 390/2005 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Act on Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment 387/2013 (in Finnish, Finlex)

Government Decrees and Decisions

  • Government Decree on Biocide Products 418/2014 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Government Decree on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain activities and installations 435/2001 (Finlex)
  • Government Decree on the Use of Organic Solvents in Certain Paints and Lacquers and on the Limitation of Emissions of Evaporating Organic Compounds Generated by Repair Painting Products for Vehicles 837/2005 (Finlex)
  • Government Decree on Substances Dangerous and Harmful to the Aquatic Environment 1022/2006 (Finlex)
  • Government Decree on Urban Waste Water Treatment 888/2006 (Finlex)
  • Government Decision on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer 262/1998 (Finlex)
  • Government Decree on the Servicing and Maintenance of Devices Containing Ozone Depleting Substances or Certain Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases 452/2009 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Government Decision on the Withdrawal from Use of PCBs and Equipment Containing PCBs and the Disposal of PCB Waste 711/1998 (Finlex)
  • Government Decision on Amalgam-Containing Wastewater and Waste Resulting from Dental Care 112/1997 (Finlex)
  • Government Decree on the Monitoring of the Handling and Storage of Dangerous Chemicals 855/2012 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Government Decision on Making Pesticides Containing Certain Active Substances Available on the Market and the Prohibition of Their Use 1361/1996 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Government Decree on Air Quality 38/2011 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Government Decree on Batteries and Accumulators 520/2014 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Government Decree on the Exceptions to Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation on Restriction on the Manufacture, Placing on the Market and Use of Certain Hazardous Substances, Mixtures and Articles 647/2009 (Finlex)

Ministry Decrees and Decisions

  • Ministry of the Environment Decree on the Applications and Notifications Concerning Biocidal Products and Their Active Substances 419/2014 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Ministry of the Environment Decree on Applying for Authorisation or Registration of Biocidal Products, Withdrawing Such Products from the Market and Special Provisions Concerning Such Products 20/2008 (Finlex)
  • Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Decree on the Packing and Labelling of Biocidal Products 422/2000 (Finlex)
  • Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Decree on Chemical Classification Principles and Labelling 807/2001 (Finlex)
  • Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Decree on Submitting Information Concerning Chemicals 553/2008 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Decree on the Chemicals Referred to in Annex VI of the CLP Regulation 5/2010 (in Finnish, Finlex)
  • Ministry of Social Affairs and Health Decree on Submitting Quantity Information on Amounts of Chemicals Classified as Dangerous 1155/2011 (in Finnish, Finlex)

More information

Ministerial Adviser Pirkko Kivelä, tel. +358 50 362 2041, firstname.lastname@ymparisto.fi

Published 2014-08-13 at 14:56, updated 2015-04-30 at 11:01