Limitation of specific substances/substance groups Advanced
There are several problematic substances/substance groups that are difficult to exclude by means of general requirements for substances or classification of products. Therefore it is important to set requirements that minimizes the amount of such substances/substance groups in the products.
- Technical specification
- Chemical products
- The following substances and substance groups shall not be ingredients1 in the product in concentrations above 0.2 weight%:
EDTA (CAS 60-00-4)
- The following substances and substance groups shall not be ingredients1 in the product:
Alkylphenolethoxylates (APEOs )
Substances evaluated by EU to be
Substances evaluated by the EU to be PBT (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic) or vPvB (very persistent and very bioaccumulative)2
Substances on the Candidate list3
Substances that are considered to be endocrine disruptors or potential endocrine disruptors4
Organic halogenated substances besides halogenated solvents
Dearomatised naphtha with <1 % aromatic hydrocarbons and <0.1 % benzene as well as residual monomers in products containing polymers are exempted from the requirement.
1Ingredient substances are all substances in the product at levels greater than 0.01 weight%. Ingredient substances are intentionally added substances and impurities from the raw materials in the product. Impurities are reaction products, by-products and degradation products are counted as impurities.
2Criteria for evalutation if a substances is PBT/vPvB can be found here https://www.kemi.se/prio-start/kriterier/kriterierna-i-detalj/pbtvpvb
3Candidate list can be found on the following link http://echa.europa.eu/candidate-list-table
4Endocrine disruptors category 1 och 2, see Study on enhancing the Endocrine Disrupter priority list with a focus on low production volume chemicals, appendix L :http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/endocrine/pdf/final_report_2007.pdf
The supplier shall, upon request, be able to present any of for example the following:
- Valid license for any of for example the following labels:
Nordic Ecolabelling for:
Cleaning products, version 6
Hand dish washing detergents, version 6
Dishwasher detergents for professional use, version 2 (note that version 3 cannot verify the requirement)
Car and boat care products, version 5 (note that car, boat and train care products, version 6 cannot verify the requirement)
- Certificate from the manufacturer of the product that none of the substances/substance groups in the requirement is present in levels above 0,01 weight%. Safety data sheets and other technical documentation for all the ingredient substances from the raw material suppliers shall be available as a basis for the certificate.
- The supplier’s self-declaration including technical documentation of compliance verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task in accordance with ISO/IEC 17029 or equivalent standard.
If the requirement is verified with a label, check that there is a valid license for the product in question. This can be controlled here: Nordic Ecolabelleing (Nordic Swan).
If the requirement has been verified with a self-declaration verified by an accredited body, request the supplier's self-declaration including technical documentation of compliance that has been verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task in accordance with ISO/IEC 17029.
Information about the criterion
Note that this requirement cannot be verified with safety data sheets neither for the product nor for the ingredient substances.
This requirement cannot be used together with the core criterion, ID 10587.
The requirement limits organic halogen compounds, which include, for example, per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) and triclosan.
There are currently no accredited verification bodies according to ISO / IEC 17029 (Conformity assessment - General principles and requirements for validation and verification bodies), as it is a relatively new standard. However, this may change, especially if the demand for verifying compliance in this way increases. This possibility is therefore included in the list of possible verifications. More information about the standard is available at www.swedac.se.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
- Current ID
- Version date