Here you can find information and important changes in relation to chemical legislation.

16.12.2021: List of new substances notified or reported in Switzerland

In Switzerland, new substances must be notified prior to placing on the market above one (1) ton per year. Manufacturers of new substances that are exempt from notification must report these within 3 months after first placing them on the market if the assessment under the self-regulation has shown that they are dangerous substances. 2254 notifications and registrations of 1775 different substances are on the notification authority’s list. 87 entries were added for the December 2021 update. Only the public name and the EC number or list number are published. For substances notified using the same public name by several notifiers, only one entry is listed.

Amendment of the Chemicals Ordinance (ChemO, entry into force expected on May 1, 2022): In the future, substances that are not registered in the EU will be subject to notification. Registered substances will be considered as existing substances.

09.12.2021: Requested use of chromium trioxide: until 9.2.2022, interested third parties may send us information on alternative substances or technologies

The firm CABB Ltd., Pratteln, has submitted a request for the continued use of chromium trioxide (listed in annex 1.17 ChemRRO and in annex XIV REACH) in a catalyst for the exhaust air purification of a production plant. In this context, the notification authority publishes non-confidential information on its website, on which interested third parties in possession of information on alternative substances or technologies may comment until 9.2.2022.

Federal Office of Public Health
Common notification authority for chemicals of FOEN - FOPH - SECO
CH-3003 Bern

09.11.2021: Submission deadline for exemption applications for 11 substances of very high concern

The substances mentioned below are listed in annex 1.17 of the chemical risk reduction ordinance (ORRChem). After the expiry of the transitional period (2.11.2023) it is fundamentally prohibited to use them and to place them on the market for use in Switzerland. Until the 2.5.2022, an application for exemption can be submitted to the Notification Authority for Chemicals.

Entry no


Intrinsic properties underlying the prohibition

Transitional period

Exempted (categories of) uses


(n-propyl bromide)
EC no: 203-445-0

CAS no: 106-94-5

Toxic for
reproduction (category 1B)

2 November 2023


Diisopentyl phthalate
EC no: 210-088-4
CAS no: 605-50-5

Toxic for
reproduction (category 1B)

2 November 2023


1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, Di-C6-8-branched alkyl esters, C7 rich
EC no: 276-158-1

CAS no: 71888-89-6

Toxic for
reproduction (category 1B)

2 November 2023


1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, Di-C7-11-branched and linear alkyl esters
EC no: 271-084-6

CAS no: 68515-42-4

Toxic for
reproduction (category 1B)

2 November 2023


1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, Dipentylester, branched and linear
EC no: 284-032-2

CAS no: 84777-06-0

Toxic for reproduction
(category 1B)

2 November 2023


Bis(2-methoxyethyl) phthalate
EC no: 204-212-6

CAS no: 117-82-8

Toxic for reproduction
(category 1B)

2 November 2023


EC no: 205-017-9
CAS no: 131-18-0

Toxic for reproduction
(category 1B)

2 November 2023


EC no: –
CAS no: 776297-69-9

Toxic for reproduction
(category 1B)

2 November 2023


1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, Dihexylester, branched and linear
EC no: 271-093-5
CAS no: 68515-50-4

Toxic for reproduction
(category 1B)

2 November 2023


EC no: 201-559-5
CAS no: 84-75-3

Toxic for reproduction
(category 1B)

2 November 2023


1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, Di-C6-10-
alkyl esters; 1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid, mixed decyl-, hexyl- and octyldiesters with ≥ 0.3 % dihexylphthalate (EC no: 201-559-5)
EC no: 271-094-0; 272-013-1
CAS no: 68515-51-5; 68648-93-1

Toxic for reproduction
(category 1B)

2 November 2023

18.08.2021: REACH, EU : eight entries of substances of very high concern added to the candidate list

The European Chemicals Agency has added the following substances of very high concern (SVHC) to the candidate list:


EC/list number

CAS number

2-(4-tert-butylbenzyl)propionaldehyde and its individual stereoisomers



Orthoboric acid, sodium salt



2,2-bis(bromomethyl)propane1,3-diol (BMP);


2,2-dimethylpropan-1-ol, tribromo derivative/3-bromo-2,2-bis(bromomethyl)-1-propanol (TBNPA);


2,3-dibromo-1-propanol (2,3-DBPA)












Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (MCCP) UVCB substances consisting of more than or equal to 80% linear chloroalkanes with carbon chain lengths within the range from C14 to C17



Phenol, alkylation products (mainly in para position) with C12-rich branched alkyl chains from oligomerisation, covering any individual isomers and/ or combinations thereof (PDDP)









When an article contains more than 0.1% SVHC of the candidate list, this leads to information obligations for the supplier towards recipients and consumers.
In Switzerland too, the information obligation towards recipients and consumers applies to suppliers of objects containing more than 0.1% of a substance listed in annex 3 ChemO.

03.02.2021: Unitar e-course on Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN GHS

Unitar (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) is holding an e-course from 22 Mar 2021 to 31 May 2021 on Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN GHS.

05.02.2019 Unique Formula Identifier (UFI)

The following document describes the current situation regarding obtaining a UFI under art. 15a of the Chemicals Ordinance.

05.02.2019 Strategy for Chemical Safety

Bearing in mind the results of the evaluation of the interdepartmental implementation of the chemicals legislation carried out in 2013 the Federal Council mandated the federal authorities to prepare a common strategy. The present strategy expresses the common understanding of the federal authorities involved in the implementation of the chemicals legislation at the federal level in regard to chemical safety, and is intended to strengthen cooperation. It builds up trust externally as the objectives pursued are clearly demonstrated to stakeholders, other federal authorities and politicians. The strategy has been prepared by the five federal authorities (FOPH, FSVO, FOEN, FOAG and SECO) involved in the federal implementation of the chemicals legislation and will be put in place jointly.

Last modification 15.09.2020

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