Some 30 000 preparations that are either imported to Finland or produced here, are classified as dangerous, These preparations contain more than 5 000 substances that are classified as dangerous. Some of them are found in products we use every day. These substances, when they get out to the environment, may cause significant damage to human health and to the ecosystem.
The need of information on chemical issues is enormous. Information is needed by the administration as well as by enterprises and consumers. The health and environmental effects of new chemicals have not always been studied thoroughly enough. Even chemicals that have been in use for a long time may have effects that are still unknown.