Quality-Coach.ch: Swiss Chemicals Act

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All about the Swiss Chemicals Act

If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later. ― Lewis Carroll


The Swiss Chemicals Act (ChemA) and the Chemicals Ordinance (ChemO) require that:

This affects every business in Switzerland where dangerous chemicals are bought, sold, imported or exported, transported, produced, stored, used or disposed of - regardless of the core activity and the size of the company! (If you are unsure whether you are affected: please free to call us, we're happy to serve you!)

What is "dangerous"?

GHS symbols

Swiss law considers any product that carries any of the 9 CLP pictograms shown above as dangerous. Any company who handles, sell or uses such a product must designate a "contact person".

Within these products, there are two particular sub-categories:

Skills needed

The skills and expertise required are defined in the corresponding regulations (SR 813.113.11 for the "contact person", SR 813.131.21 for the "remittance of chemicals"). The latter is assessed by a formal test and accompanied by an official certificate. — To pass the test, it is not enough to have some basic knowledge of chemistry. The real emphasis is on the knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations, the capability to read and understand and interpret a material safety data sheet, to resolve technical questions by yourself and to be able to advise the customer!

Training and Certification

We offer a comprehensive training program that covers all aspects of the Swiss Chemicals Act and related regulations. All our courses are run in a highly interactive, down-to-earth workshop atmosphere and are available both as "open", public training and as in-house training:

Contact / Register

To register for any public training, follow this link: Dates and Registration.

Do you have any questions, do you need help, do you want to book an in-house course? All our courses are also available as in-hourse training. Just get in touch with us!