Chemical Authorisation

Particularly Dangerous Chemicals

The use of hazardous substances is under authorisation. It is always advisable to exchange the toxic chemical for a less dangerous one, but it is not always possible.

Hazardous chemicals include chemicals who classified as category 1 regarding their acute toxicity, or carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, reproductive toxicity (CMR), or single exposure specific target organ toxicity (STOT-SE), as well as highly reactive chemicals, such as extremely strong oxidizers.

Examples of substances under authorisation (non-exhaustive list):

  • Solvents (benzene, carbon tetrachloride)
  • Reagents (aflatoxin, formaldehyde, sodium azide, TMAH)
  • Metals and their salts (lead, nickel, cadmium, chromates, arsenic, mercury)
  • Cyanide salts
  • Acids (picric acid, nitric acid, perchloric acid, hydrofluoric acid)

To buy and use these dangerous substances, an authorisation must be acquired from the SCC. The authorisation procedure consists of four steps:

  1. The request form can be filled completely online via Service Now.
  2. The SCC processes the request, and contacts the user to get additional information.
  3. When the SCC has all the necessary information, a control of the work place, the protocol, the storage of the chemical and the emergency procedures will be done in the lab with the requester.
  4. An authorisation is given only if the previous steps are completed. The authorisation is then used to order the substance from the chemical store and the purchasing platform.

Forbidden substances

Here is the list of substances that are forbidden in Switzerland.

Drugs and precursors

The purchase and use of drugs or drug precursors is forbidden. These substances are under the authorisation of SWISSMEDIC. For FSB the SWISSMEDIC representatives is Sandrine Gerber.