Certificate for the purchase of toxic substances

General Information

Companies and other professional users require a certificate for the purchase of toxic substances in order to purchase toxic substances under section 35 of the Chemikaliengesetz 1996 (ChemG 1996).

In order to obtain a certificate for the purchase of toxic substances, the company or professional user must submit a written declaration to the locally competent regional administrative authority.

The declaration for the purposes of obtaining a certificate for the purchase of toxic substances must contain the following:

  • The business division or the designation of the professional activity performed
  • The intended purpose of the toxic substance (please state if for exclusively analytical purposes)
  • The name of the toxic substance (if the toxic substance required is used for exclusively analytical purposes, a generic name may be provided)
  • The name and job title of at least one person who is permanently employed in the business area in which the toxic substance is used and who can be shown to have completed appropriate technical and professional training in that area concerning the handling of the toxic substance used or has the required knowledge (Section 41b paragraph 1 (1) of the Chemikaliengesetz 1996) and first-aid skills (Section 41b paragraph 1 (2) of the Chemikaliengesetz 1996). Alternatively, it is also possible for a different person who is permanently employed and available in the business area in question to fulfil the latter evidence requirement (first-aid skills), for example a first-aider pursuant to the ArbeitnehmerInnenschutzgesetz (ASchG)
  • Appropriate evidence must be enclosed with the declaration (Section 41a paragraph 2 of the Chemikaliengesetz 1996)

The certificate for the purchase of toxic substances is valid indefinitely. Any changes in requirements must be notified to the regional administrative authority immediately. The authority must then amend the certificate for the purchase of toxic substances accordingly.

Enterprises Affected

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

Competent authority

→ Regional administrative authority

Legal bases

Expert Information

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 16 March 2021

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