Moving towards safer alternatives



Internet portal

The SUBSPORT information portal is intended to constitute a state-of-the-art resource on safer alternatives to the use of hazardous chemicals. It is a source of not just information on alternative substances and technologies, but also of tools and guidance for alternatives assessment and substitution management.

Substitution tool

The information provided on SUBSPORT can support companies in fulfilling substitution requirements of EU legislation, such as those specified under the REACH authorisation procedure, the Water Framework Directive or the Chemical Agents Directive. Furthermore other stakeholders like authorities, environmental and consumer organisations as well as scientific institutions will benefit from the portal. Furthermore, training on substitution methodology and alternatives assessment is provided.


In addition, the SUBSPORT team maintains a network of experts and stakeholders who are active in substitution. The network assists in content development and promotion of the portal as well as ensuring sustainable updates and maintenance.

Substitution initiatives

The organizations behind SUBSPORT are very active as stakeholders to support current substitution activities and related initiatives within the EU as well as on a global level (e.g. ECHA, OECD). Disseminating the portal adds to the goal of raising awareness and promoting safer alternatives..

Project team

  • Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE GmbH (Germany, project coordinator)
  • ChemSec (Sweden)
  • Grontmij (Denmark)
  • ISTAS (Spain)

Find more information under project team..

Financial Support

  • LIFE+ Programme of the European Union
  • BAuA – Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Germany
  • Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

Find more information under contributors.

Project duration: Jan 2010 – March 2013.

Here you can download the SUBSPORT leaflet and folder. The final report of the project can be downloaded here.

Restricted and priority substances database» link
Case story database » link

External substitution websites and databases
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