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From 2010 to 2013, the “SUBSPORT” Portal was developed within the framework of the LIFE+ Program of the European Union.

All important information can be found in the final project report, available here.

As result of the project, since 2013, this Portal offered in various languages a wide range of information related to substitution, which allows to plan substitution in a systematic way and to inform about the possibilities to substitute substances and how to approach assessment of alternatives.

To ensure that after the project stage the Portal remains up to date and will be developed further, in 2018 the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAUA), has taken responsibility for the Portal.

From now on, SUBSPORT is available under the new name SUBSPORTplus.


Project team

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

Financial Support (2010-2013)

Expert Committee until 2013 with representatives from:

  • ANSES, Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation,
    de l’environnement et du travail
    (French agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health
    & Safety)
  • BAUA, Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin
    (German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
  • Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und
    (Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment
    and Water Management)
  • ECHA, European Chemicals Agency
  • ETUI-REHS, European Trade Union Institute
    Research, Education, Health & Safety
  • EU-OSHA, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
  • Inspectia Muncii (Romanian Central Labour Inspection)
  • KEMI, Kemikalieinspektionen (Swedish Chemicals Agency)
  • Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Medio Rural y Marino
    (Spanish Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine
    Presently: Ministry for ecological change)
  • Schülke & Mayr
    (German Producer of Disinfectants and Hygiene Products)

External Expertise

  • TURI, Toxic Use Reduction Institute at the University of
    Massachusetts Lowell, USA

Data were used from the following databases

  • Alternativas, run by ISTAS
  • Catsub, run by Grontmij A/S
  • Cleantool, run by Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE
  • SIN List, run by ChemSec




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