The Chemicals Act lays down general obligations for enterprises that apply to all hazardous chemicals and must be observed in addition to the obligations set in biocides legislation.
The following issues must be remembered when placing biocidal products on the market:
- Information about hazardous chemicals must be submitted to the chemicals product register. The information must be submitted by the manufacturer or importer of the chemical or by another operator.
- A safety data sheet as specified in the REACH Regulation (EU) Nr 1907/2006 and (EU) Nr 453/2010 must be produced for chemicals intended for industrial and professional use.
- The product must be classified, packaged and labelled in accordance with relevant regulations. Package labelling and user instructions must be provided in Finnish and Swedish. In force since the beginning of 2009, the Classification, Packaging and Labelling (CLP) Regulation (1272/2008) will replace the EU's current regulations regarding chemicals classification, labelling and packaging after periods of transition. Products must be classified and labelled in accordance with the CLP Regulation by 1 June 2015.
Active substances contained in biocidal products are regarded as registered in accordance with the REACH Regulation (1907/2006). Substances other than active substances contained in a product must be registered in accordance with the REACH Regulation.
Provisions laid down in the EU Detergent Regulation (648/2004/EC) apply to biocidal detergents together with the regulations regarding biocides.
Entrepreneurs must comply with provisions laid down regarding advertising. Advertisements of biocidal products must always contain the following sentences: "Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use." The word 'biocides' may be replaced by the product type of the biocidal product, such as antifouling products, mosquito repellents or disinfectants. Advertisements must not refer to the biocidal product in a manner likely to mislead in respect of the risks of that biocidal product to humans or the environment. They must not contain descriptions that provide the wrong impression of the product's safety. Such forbidden expressions include 'low-risk biocidal product', 'non-toxic', 'harmless' or similar expressions. Communications regarded as advertisements include radio, TV and press advertisements, websites and product brochures if the purpose of these is to promote the sales of the product. Provisions relating to marketing shall also apply to claims presented in the packaging of chemicals.