About Tukes

The Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) is a licensing and supervisory authority with 250 employees, which promotes the safety and reliability of products, services and industrial activities in Finland.  

 

Tukes is tasked with the surveillance of products, services and production systems within its fields of operation, and enforces the relevant legislation. Our work aims at protecting people, property and the environment from any safety risks. Our branches are e.g. electricity and lifts, chemical production plants, mining, explosives, fireworks articles, pressure equipment, measuring instruments, articles of precious metals, rescue service equipment, construction products, consumer safety, and the ecological and energy efficiency of products.

 

Our tasks also include the product surveillance of industrial and consumer chemicals and biocides, as well as risk assessment, approval and surveillance of plant protection products, and the Chemicals Register. Tukes is the Finnish national agency responsible for the chemicals surveillance and an important partner of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), in particular as to the enforcement of the REACH and CLP Regulations of the European Union.

 

Tukes is also the national licensing and supervisory authority for the mining activities in Finland, as referred to in the Mining Act (621/2011) of Finland. These duties are attended to in two of our main offices, Helsinki and Rovaniemi.

 

FINAS (Finnish Accreditation Service), run as an independent and impartial Department within the Tukes organisation, provides accreditation services for testing and calibration laboratories, certification bodies, inspection bodies, providers of proficiency testing, and for greenhouse gas and EMAS verifiers.

 

Tukes operates under several Ministries, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment being in charge of the ministerial governance and supervision. In addition, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, and the Ministry of the Environment collaborate to contribute to the governance in their respective sphere of operations.

 

Our main offices are in Helsinki, Tampere and Rovaniemi.

 

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