App gives consumers chemicals information

An app that tells consumers if there are potentially dangerous chemicals in products has been rolled out to 13 EU member states after being successfully launched in Denmark in 2014.

The Scan4Chem app, originally developed by the Danish Consumer Council and Environmental Protection Agency, allows consumers to scan a barcode of a product see information about the presence of SVHCs (Substances of Very High Concern). Suppliers are required under EU rules to inform consumers, if asked, within 45 days if an SVHC is present at a concentration above 0.1 %. If information is not available for the product through the app, the company will be notified that information must be provided.

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