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In the first post - link here - we looked at the obligations of persons involved in the trade in chemicals in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Today, however, is about another important area that you need to know if you don’t want to get stuck in the throes of chemical legislation. We'll look ...

what are the requirements for specific chemicals?

In the Republika Srpska, chemicals produced or imported above the prescribed lower limit must be entered into the Inventory of Chemicals kept by the competent authority before the first import. For this purpose, it is necessary to submit the prescribed documentation, including the safety data sheet and label with adequate hazard labeling:

  • For detergents, it is necessary to also provide lists of compositional data.
  • For paints and varnishes, it is important to know the VOC content for each category.

When it comes to biocides, they need to be registered, for which, in addition to the safety data sheet and adequate label, it is necessary to submit additional evidence, including efficacy tests.

Entry into the Inventory of Chemicals and registration of biocides, as well as the preparation of BTLs are not the only things you need to pay attention to. Here are some more regulations you need to pay attention to:

  • A list of banned and restricted chemicals (in line with Annex XVII of the REACH Regulation) is in force.
  • A list of SVHC chemicals (in line with Annex XIV of the REACH Regulation) is in force, as is a Candidate List.
  • Biodegradability conditions for surfactants are prescribed.
  • VOC restrictions for paints and varnishes are prescribed (in line with Annex II of the Paint Directive).
  • Permitted active substances for biocidal products are prescribed (in line with the regulation on biocides and implementation acts).

(Note: harmonization with the mentioned EU regulations is done by adopting local regulations, which can lead to differences in the lists that are in force locally in relation to those that are in force in the EU.)

When the above requirements are met, the turnover is free with regular annual reporting on the turnover (unless additional obligations such as permits for the import of precursors are prescribed).

This concludes the second part. In the third, last part, we will look at what conditions apply in the Federation of BiH.

If you need additional advice on the trade of chemicals on the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina, call +387 65 641 373 or write to

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