Consulting on Legal Requirements for Trading Chemicals

Expert support in the fulfilment of legal obligations for the import and sale of chemicals

Detergents, adhesives, varnishes, lubricants: all these chemicals are available on the market in great variety. Although we interact with these products regularly in daily life, manufacturers must observe numerous legal regulations when importing and selling them.

DEKRA advises companies on the legal requirements for the import and trade of chemicals

Violations of laws governing the trade of chemicals can lead to fines, recall actions or even criminal proceedings. In terms of chemical law, it also matters whether the sale is made by mail order and whether the customers are commercial or private. In addition to regulating and monitoring traditional offline chemical sales, authorities are focusing increasingly on the sale of hazardous substances via online shops. Websites are responsible for ensuring that product information includes the appropriate CLP (Classification, Labeling & Packaging) markings so that customers are aware of potential danger before making a purchase. This applies not only to companies in chemical distribution, but also to discounters, home improvement and drugstore chains.

Our experts have worked with organizations in the chemical distribution for years, gaining wide-ranging, practical knowledge along the way. You can rely on us as a dependable partner offering comprehensive services from a single source.

Your Benefits

  • Comply with legal requirements, nationally and globally
  • Ensure your products conform with relevant regulations
  • Concentrate on your core business
  • Strengthen customer confidence and stand out from the competition

Our Approach

Our experts help you comply with the legal obligations related to trading chemicals in a pragmatic and efficient way. We support you in assessing which regulations apply to which products and help you to introduce appropriate processes for importing or trading chemicals legally and safely.

As chemical legislation differs from place to place, those trading or importing goods containing chemical substances should carefully consider which obligations apply to their products and distribution channels:

Chemicals sales and import:
- REACH registration required as soon as the imported quantity exceeds 1 ton per year per substance
- CLP notification, classification of imported hazardous substances

Transport and storage:
- Appointment of a dangerous goods officer for chemicals sales
- Safe storage according to TRGS 510 and AwSV

Sales:
- CLP classification of the hazardous substance or mixture
- Label in accordance with the regulations on hazardous substances and other regulations in the national language
- REACH safety data sheet for hazardous substances and mixtures in the local language
- 24h emergency number for hazardous substances and mixtures at a poison information center
- Poison Center Notification according to CLP art. 45
- Appointment of a qualified person according to ChemVerbotsV for the sale of chemicals and toxic substances

Some tasks, such as the classification of mixtures, the preparation of hazardous substance labels and safety data sheets or the duties of appointed specialists can be completely delegated to us. This allows you to concentrate on your core business: supplying your customers with safe, high-quality products.

Why DEKRA?

  • We have been advising companies on chemical law for over 30 years.
  • We offer comprehensive services from one source.
  • We help you to meet relevant requirements pragmatically and efficiently.

Contact

Jochen Dettke

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+49.711.7861-2703
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DEKRA Assurance Services GmbH

Handwerkstraße 15

70565 Stuttgart

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