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National Programme on Hazardous Chemicals

The goal of the National Programme on Hazardous Chemicals is to ensure that, by 2020, no chemicals are a source of significant health and environmental problems in Finland. This goal is in line with the UN's Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, adopted in early February 2012.

Under the National Programme on Hazardous Chemicals, an assessment has been performed of the harm caused by chemicals to consumers, public health, occupational health and the environment throughout the life-cycle of the chemical in question. The programme proposes risk management measures particularly aimed at social sectors and operations that have been neglected until now.

The key programme objectives are

  • achieving the goals of the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use (REACH), and benefitting from new information
  • gathering information on and monitoring exposure to hazardous substances
  • developing the assessment and management of the risks posed chemicals used by companies and other operators
  • reducing the chemical risks posed by products
  • contributing to the reduction of chemical-induced harm at international level


Publication in Finnish (summary in English):

The National Communications Plan for Dangerous Chemicals 2014–2020 was adopted in December 2013. The communications plan was drawn up through an extensive partnership network of authorities coordinated by the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes).

Further information

Ministerial Adviser Hinni Papponen, tel. +358 295 250 384, firstname.lastname@ym.fi

Published 2013-07-30 at 11:01, updated 2019-10-22 at 14:27