The critical factor in chemical classification is the levels of substances with particularly hazardous properties contained in the chemical and how hazardous these substances are to the environment and human health.
The hazardous properties correspond to a certain hazard statement with particularly dangerous and undesirable properties, such as being carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting or dangerous to the ozone layer.
Class A: First choice – no special conditions
The chemicals contain no or very low levels of substances with properties specified in the classification criteria. The criteria for Class A are the same as for registration in the BASTA register.
Class B: Risk reduction – may be used if special conditions are met
The chemicals contain risk reduction substances. The criteria for Class B are the same as for registration in the BETA register.
Class B entails conditional use. See "Special conditions".
Class C: Phase-out – may be used if special conditions are met
The chemicals contain phase-out substances. The chemicals in this class will be gradually phased out of use in Svenska kraftnät's operations and replaced by chemicals that are less hazardous environmentally and to human health. The chemicals must only be used when there is no alternative.
Class C entails conditional use. See "Special conditions".
Class D: Prohibited or only permitted for specific use
Class D products are prohibited or only permitted for specific use. Products in class D contain chemical substances on Svenska kraftnät’s List of Prohibited substances.
The classification criteria are not available in English. Follow the link to the criteria in Swedish (pdf, 533 kB, new window)
No label elements required/Exempt from review
No label elements required
Does not meet the criteria for a chemical and does not need to be classified and labelled with regard to human health and environmental hazardousness, nor have a safety data sheet. Chemicals that do not require label elements do not need to be submitted for review.
Exempt from review
Chemicals that are exempt do not need to be submitted for review. Visit the page Exempt chemicals.
The BASTA system
The BASTA system aims to phase out substances with hazardous properties from construction products and is owned by IVL Swedish Environmental Institute and the Swedish Construction Federation. Suppliers and manufacturers of construction products register products that meet the requirements for content of substances with hazardous properties according to BASTA or BETA criteria.