Methodology & core values


The criteria in the system are transparent and scientifically based and harmonized with European chemicals legislation, Regulation (EG) 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and Regulation (EG) 1272/2008 on classification, labeling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP) as well as the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate's PRIO tool.

The BASTA system is based on a consistent scientific methodology, where knowledge of the industry's needs and a high level of competence in the environmental field guide the development.

The criteria cover both chemical products and articles, and limit substances with phase-out and risk reduction properties

The system's clear and public criteria are developed in collaboration with a scientific council, and changes are announced and justified.

In the system, the material suppliers retain ownership and control over their product data, which ensures updated and up-to-date information.

The criteria of the BASTA system go beyond the legislation but never against:

  • The BASTA system's concentration limits are set according to the legislative limits for classification
  • Where the legislation only covers chemical products, the BASTA system also covers goods
  • The BASTA system has content limits or information requirements for substances
  • The BASTA system has criteria that cover the registering company and ensure they have sufficient skills and procedures to maintain assessments and registrations over time
  • BASTA carries out audits of connected companies where the organisation's and products' criteria fulfillment are reviewed

Core values

Offer free information about safe product choices. This is done through our digital services.

Provide efficient and easy-to-use digital tools for assessing and registering articles.

Have independent, competent and long-term ownership through the main owner IVL Swedish Environmental Institute.