Participating Databases

Information System on Chemicals of the German Federal Government and the German Federal States Go to external website

Type of information:

Hazard assessments, risk assessments, exposure assessments, combined exposure assessments, National GHS classifications, industrial chemicals, new industrial chemicals, pesticides, biocides, portal, regulation information.


General information:

The Joint Substance Data Pool of the German Federal Government and Federal States (GSBL) is now called ChemInfo.


The Information System on Chemicals of the German Federal Government and the German Federal States (ChemInfo), formerly known as the Joint Substance Data Pool of the German Federal Government and Federal States (GSBL) is a continuously maintained, uniform collection of validated information on chemical substances. The mission of the cooperation is to provide public authorities (e.g., police, fire brigades, governmental authorities, etc.) and the general public with reliable, topical chemicals information in support of all activities to prevent and avert danger and to protect humans and the environment.

ChemInfo comprises a wide range of features of chemical substances. Records contain information on physical and chemical properties, on ecotoxicological and toxicological parameters and on environmental fate. They provide descriptions of environmental hazards, health dangers, fire and other technical hazards and give information on relevant chemicals-related legislation.

The information contained is partly elaborated directly for the ChemInfo database by utilising the cooperation’s own resources and partly obtained from numerous external suppliers (BAuA, BAM, RESY, BIG, GDL, ETOX, RIGOLETTO, et al.). The current version contains information on some 51,000 pure substances, 26,000 component substances (mixtures and preparations) and substance-related information on 226 relevant German and European legislation.


Disclaimer for Information available in GSBL



All contributions, illustrations and data provided by the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) are protected by copyright. They may only be altered, reproduced, supplied to third parties in reproduced form or used in communications to the public with the consent of the German Environment Agency. The German Environment Agency must be acknowledged as the source, indicating if possible the relevant editing date. We welcome links to the German Environment Agency’s web pages and ask to be informed about them.



The German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) has prepared and verified the information provided on OECD’s eChemPortal to the best of its knowledge and belief. Nevertheless, we cannot take any responsibility for the completeness, correctness and timeliness of the data presented, nor do we accept responsibility for any damages resulting from the use of accessed information.


Disclaimer for links

The OECD’s eChemPortal contains links to websites operated by third parties. The German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) does not necessarily endorse these third-party websites and is not responsible for their contents.


Data protection

The German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) is a public institution and as such subject to the provisions of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Federal Data Protection Act. Processing of your data by the German Environment Agency is governed by this Regulations as well as by other legislation.


We must point out, however, that data transmission via the Internet is largely unsecured at present. It cannot be excluded that unauthorised persons become aware of transmitted data and even falsify it. When you access our website, certain data are stored temporarily on our server for the purpose of data security, and these data could allow identification (e.g. IP address, date, time, pages viewed). The data are used exclusively for statistical purposes and in anonymised form.


If you want to contact us through our website, we require certain information from you (e.g. last name, first name, company, street, postal code, city, telephone number, e-mail address). We need to process these data in order to handle your request. The data are used exclusively for this purpose and stored electronically for the time period necessary to process the request. They will not be passed on to third parties. With your request, you agree to your data being processed in this way. You may revoke this consent with future effect at any time in writing or by e-mail. You also have the right to obtain, on request and free of charge, any details of your personal data stored in our database. In addition, you have the right of correction, blocking and deletion of such data. Please contact us if you require further information on data protection.



Hazard information:


General properties:

•           Name and synonyms, identification numbers and formula

•           Physical chemical properties

•           Use patterns and sources

•           References



•           Classification and labeling according to GHS and UE rules (CLP Regulation)

•           Exposure values from the German Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances (TRGS)

•           Recommendations of the German Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area (DFG)

•           Requirements of the German Hazardous Substances Ordinance (GefStoffV)

•           Other information on relevant chemicals-related legislation


Hazards and consequences:

•           Risk characterization

•           Effects on human health and non human organisms resulting from exposure to various concentrations, doses or intake rates

•           Human health exposure characterization

•           Occupational exposure limits and biological limit values

•           Environmental fate

•           Fire and other technical hazards

•           Inherent toxicity

•           Persistence and bioaccumulation potential

•           Information about degradation

•           Effects on terrestrial ecosystem

•           Effects on aquatic ecosystem


Search capabilities:

ChemInfo is searchable by any containing information on physical and chemical properties and identifiers (e.g., name, CAS number, formula, citations, etc.), on ecotoxicological and toxicological parameters, on affected species as well as environmental aspects (e.g., decomposition, accumulation, distribution, etc.).

Furthermore ChemInfo offers comprehensive information on German and European legislation and is searchable by regulated substances as well as concrete substances with their associated regulations.



The database is maintained by the

Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency of Germany)

Unit IV 2.1

Wörlitzer Platz 1

06844 Dessau-Roßlau


Peer review:

Registration checks, structure checks, constraints, manual inspection and sampling, continuous surveys of data quality by a dedicated working group on quality assurance.


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