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The defence sector's criteria document

"The defence sector's criteria document” is a tool for the defence sector. The purpose is to establish environmental and human health requirements for procurement and purchase of chemical products, articles and services where applicable. By establishing such requirements, the defence sector will contribute to reduce its impact on the environment and human health.

It is important to note that compliance to the criteria does not relieve the Contractor from the obligation to have sufficient competence and responsibility for substances in their chemical products and/or articles. The supplier is responsible to follow both Swedish legislation and EU decided laws, directives and other rules of law that concern the chemical product and/or the article. 

The defence sector’s criteria document version established 2018-07-06


Specific exemptions are given by the defence sector when it is deemed not to be currently technically or economically feasible to avoid certain chemicals or specific substances included in products or articles. These exemptions are specified in the criteria document. If exemption for a specific use of a substance of a chemical product is not mentioned, the supplier can apply for exemption for the use if there are exceptional reasons and if no acceptable substitute is available.

Examples of exceptional reasons are e.g. substances that are required to achieve a certain critical function or when the nature of the work requires use of a specific restricted substance. A prerequisite to apply for exemption is that there are no current legislation obstacles, as restrictions or bans on the use of the substance.

In an application for exemption, the handling shall be well justified and risk assessed by the supplier. Applications for exemptions are regulated separately by the respective authority within the Swedish defence sector, and should be made by using a specific application form., The application form is available both in Swedish and in English.

Applicationform for exemption


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Published: 2012-02-22 13:06. Changed: 2019-03-11 10:32. Responsible: Show e-mail address.