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

25.03.2021: For four chrome VI compounds, applications for exemption can be submitted until the 1st of December 2019

The substances mentioned below are listed in annex 1.17 of the chemical risk reduction ordinance (ORRChem). After the expiry of the transitional period (1.4.2023) it is fundamentally prohibited to use them and to place them on the market for use in Switzerland. Until the 1.10.2021, 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


Dichromium tris(chromate) 

EC no: 246‑356-2

CAS no: 24613-89-6

Carcinogenic (category 1B)




Strontium chromate

EC no: 232-142-6

CAS no: 7789-06-2

Carcinogenic (category 1B)




Zinc potassium chromate

EC no: 234-329-8

CAS no: 11103-86-9

Carcinogenic (category 1A)




Pentazinc chromate octahydroxide

EC no: 256-418-0

CAS no: 49663-84-5

Carcinogenic (category 1A)



16.02.2021: Requested use of chromium trioxide: until 15.4.2021, interested third parties may send us information on alternative substances or technologies

The firm CIMO Compagnie industrielle de Monthey SA, Monthey, 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 within the waste air treatment system of a hazardous waste treatment 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 15.4.2021.

Federal Office of Public Health
Common notification authority for chemicals of FOEN - FOPH - SECO
CH-3003 Bern
CIMO SA - catalyseur contenant Cr(VI)-version publique (PDF, 522 kB, 16.02.2021)

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.

21.01.2021: REACH, EU : two entries (four 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:
1. Dioctyltin dilaurate, stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) derivs., and any other stannane, dioctyl-, bis(fatty acyloxy) derivs. wherein C12 is the predominant carbon number of the fatty acyloxy moiety
• dioctyltin dilaurate; stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) derivs. EG-Nr. -, CAS-Nr. -
• Stannane, dioctyl-, bis(coco acyloxy) derivs. EG-Nr. 293-901-5, CAS-Nr. 91648-39-4
• Dioctyltin dilaurate EG-Nr. 222-883-3, CAS-Nr. 3648-18-8

2. Bis(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethyl)ether: EG-Nr. 205-594-7, CAS-Nr. 143-24-8

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.

09.12.2020: List of new substances notified or reported in Switzerland

In Switzerland, new substances must be notified prior to placing on the market above 1 ton per year. 2088 notifications and reportings of 1681 different substances are on the notifications authority’s list. 57 notifications and registrations were added for the December 2020 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.


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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