Hazardous chemicals

Entrepreneurs have to make sure that their products pose no risk to their customers, employees or the environment.


  • chemical manufacturers
  • importers
  • users or
  • processing companies

are subject to certain obligations arising from chemicals legislation.


These rules apply to all natural and legal persons who place or make chemicals available on the market or use chemicals in Austria.

Chemicals are regulated within the European Union by the REACH and the CLP Regulation:

  • REACH stands for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals.
  • CLP stands for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.

Entrepreneurs have further legal requirements concerning biocides, trading in toxic substances, poison control officers, fluorinated greenhouse gases, the Halon Bank, chemical leasing, bans on chemicals, and nanomaterials.

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Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 2 January 2024

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

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