Moving towards safer alternatives

Subsport - Substitution Support Portal
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About the Portal

The SUBSPORTplus Portal is the result of the SUBSPORT project and aims to be a reliable source of information regarding safe alternatives for hazardous substances. Here you have access to recent information regarding alternatives and technologies, as well as to instruments and guidance for the assessment of substances for substitution management.

Assistance with substitution
The information of SUBSPORTplus can support companies in complying with EU legal requirements regarding substitution, a.o. in authorisation procedures under REACH, in the Water Framework Directive (WFD) or in the Chemical Agents directives (CAD). In addition, the information on substances and assessment procedures can also be used in Research and Innovation by companies and other institutes.

Moreover, further actors like government authorities, environment and consumer associations as well as trade unions or scientific institutions may benefit from the Portal.

SUBSPORTplus would like to develop a network of actors who are actively involved in substitution. This network should support further development and dissemination of the Portal, as well as ensure a sustainable updating and maintenance of the Portal.

Initiatives regarding Substitution
SUBSPORTplus supports recent substitution activities and related activities in the EU, as well as on an international level (e.g. ECHA, OECD). In addition the dissemination of the Portal will also contribute to sensibilisation for the topic substitution and to the dissemination of safe alternatives.

Contents of the SUBSPORTplus Portal

Following information is offered in the Internetportal SUBSPORTplus and are made publicly available in German and English:

  • a structured presentation of  legal regulations regarding substitution in the EU, as well as on national and international level.
  • a Database with Hazardous Substances, whose use is restricted by legal or voluntary obligations, or of which restriction is being legally implemented.
  • an overview of current Criteria for Identification of Hazardous Substances
  • a description of substitution tools , allowing comparison and assessment of alternative substances and technologies
  • a Database with Case Stories and general information regarding alternatives and the use of hazardous substances.
  • a Database with detailed and sound analysis of nine selected substances of very high concern in various important applications  documents practical experience with the substitution Cases.

The Portal will be maintained and updated by:

German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAUA)


Restricted and priority substances database» link
Case story database » link