SUBSPORT – Substitution Support Portal

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In order to eliminate the risk of the exposure to hazardous substances, substitution of these hazardous chemicals is needed. However, finding a safer substitute without professional help can be a challenging task.


The Substitution Support Portal (SUBSPORTplus) is a portal for anyone interested in substituting hazardous chemicals. Companies wanting to fulfill substitution requirements within EU legislation can find support in the portal, as well as stakeholders such as authorities, environmental and consumer organizations, and scientific institutions. Substances mentioned in the portal are pre-evaluated regarding hazards according to SUBSPORT methodology which includes a check of the Substance Database according to SUBSPORT Screening Criteria. The portal is free-of-charge, bilingual (in German and English) and informs on alternative substances and technologies. It also provides tools and guidance for substance evaluation and substitution management. The topic good practice is currently under development and will provide information on safe handling of difficult to substitute substances in the future.


The portal has a growing Case Story Database (> 400) that provides substitution examples as well as information on alternative substances and technologies from enterprises, published reports and other sources. It compiles case studies as inspiration for substitution solutions and further sources for up-to-date research studies on alternatives. The portal provides information for anyone interested in substituting hazardous chemicals, which makes finding a substitute easier.

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Dr. Ellen Schmitz-Felten
  • Chloroalkanes
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Bisphenol A (EC: 201-245-8)
  • Chromium
Solution types
  • 1. S – Substitution