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 (SUBSPORT) 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, multilingual and gives place to a platform for information exchange on alternative substances and technologies. It also provides tools and guidance for substance evaluation and substitution management.


The portal has a growing Case Story Database that provides substitution examples as well as information on alternative substances and technologies from enterprises, published reports and other sources. About 80-100 of the cases are translated to French, German, Spanish and Serbian. For nine (groups of) substances of high concern (chloroalkanes, chromium VI, bisphenol A, lead, nonylphenol and ethoxylates, tetrachloroethylene, formaldehyde, HBCDD and parabens) more detailed alternative assessments are available. 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
  • Tetrachloroethylene
  • Nonylphenol
  • Lead
  • Bisphenol A
  • Chromium
Solution types
  • 1. S – Substitution