You may choose to follow this link and fill in the information:
1. specify whether the product contains Candidate List substances (yes/no);
2. if your product contains Candidate List substances, please enter the following information on each substance/component:
a) name of the substance/CAS number *
b) volume in %
c) where are substances found, what component of the article *
d) information on safe use.
* 1) and 3) are obligatory.
You can also choose to send a reply by email.
If you do not know whether parts of the article contain Candidate List substances, you may ask your supplier. You may also seek advice from your trade organisation and receive more information about the rules from the REACH helpdesk of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
About the campaign
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Consumer Council have launched a joint information campaign targeted at consumers about Candidate List substances in articles. The campaign can be found on www.tjekkemien.dk (in Danish).
What are Candidate List substances?
The Candidate List is the list of Substances of Very High Concern for Authorisation published by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). The list can be found on the ECHA website. The Candidate List includes substances such as certain phthalates, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated compounds etc.
Articles that contain Candidate List substances are not necessarily hazardous, but consumers may want to avoid such substances due to their undesirable properties.
When must information be provided about Candidate List substances?
Companies that market articles containing Candidate List substances in a concentration above 0.1 % weight by weight in the individual parts have an obligation to inform a consumer about the content if asked. This is stated in article 33 of the REACH regulation which also specifies that the consumer must receive an answer within 45 days. Moreover sufficient information must be provided to allow safe use of the article.
The rules apply to products called ‘articles’, i.e. ‘solid’ products such as furniture, clothing and electronics, whereas chemical preparations such as cosmetics, detergents, household chemicals, paint etc are not covered. The consumers can however ask whether or not the packaging contains substances from the Candidate List.
Contents of the campaign
The campaign is to direct focus on consumers' right to information. For instance a website, a database and an app that make it easy for consumers to find information about the Candidate List substances have been created in connection with the campaign.
Information on the Candidate List of substances is linked to the barcode of the article, which allows consumers to enter/scan the barcode of an article and, through a search in the database (GEPIR), they obtain contact information on the manufacturer (the company responsible for the barcode) and send an email with a request about any Candidate List substances. The answers will be compiled in a database where they are useful to other consumers as well as they will get an immediate reply if the company has already provided an answer to whether the article contains Candidate List substances. Companies may also report the products in the database on their own initiative. Furthermore consumers and companies can search in the database for articles which do not contain Candidate List substances. Companies will be asked to update the information every six months which, for instance, is in order to take into account new substances on the Candidate List.
This solution was inspired by Germany where, in cooperation with an NGO (BUND), environmental protection authorities are making a similar project. The goal is to establish a European database that can be used by all the countries that want to join this system.
Consumers can also ask directly in the shop if an article contains Candidate list substances. No obligations to buy apply.