General requirements for products in Finland

Products must not pose a danger to the health or property of anyone. General safety requirements for consumer products and services are laid down in the Consumer Safety Act. The Consumer Safety Act is a form of secondary and complementary general legislation.

The Consumer Safety Act only applies to products that are intended for the use of consumers or for private consumption. The Act does not apply to products intended for professional use.

Further provisions on providing information for consumers are laid down in the Government Decree on Consumer Goods and Consumer Services.

Chemicals legislation

A significant part of the Finnish chemicals legislation is based on EU regulation. This national legislation complements and implements EU-level regulation. Statutes on chemicals include

  • Chemicals Act,
  • Decree on the Retail Sale of Hazardous Chemicals,
  • Act on Plant Protection Products,
  • Act on the Safe Handling and Storage of Dangerous Chemicals and Explosives (Chemicals Safety Act), and
  • Act on Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

Standards and certification

Standards also play an important role in product design and manufacturing, product testing, safety assurance and conformity assessment.

Finland has a decentralized standardization system, in which the Standards Association SFS acts as a central organisation and develops standards together with its industry associations.

See also

Consumer Safety Act (unofficial translation) (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment)
Chemical oversight (Ministry of Social Affairs and Health)
Chemicals legislation (Ministry of the Environment)
Finnish Standards Association SFS 
More information on standards 


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