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The CORS is a body within the Ministry of Health, and was founded in August 1999 based on the Chemicals act.

The CORS performs its professional and administrative as well as inspection tasks according to the Chemicals Act, the Biocidal Products Act, the Act of Strategic Goods of Special Significance for Safety and Health, Decree on Implementing European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Decree on Implementing European Council and Parliament Regulation (EC) on Detergents, Decree on Implementing European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) on Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals (REACH), Decree on Implementing European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) on  Export and Import of dangerous Chemicals, Decree on Implementing European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, amending and repealingDirectives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006, Illicit Drug Prevention Act as well as other act, international agreements and other rules adopted by the National assembly, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia or the minister responsible for health. What is more, the CORS also carried out professional and administrative tasks based on the Cosmetic Products Act.

The Chemicals Office of the Republic of Slovenia is responsible for performing tasks pertaining to:

  • Trade in chemicals and biocidal products,
  • Measures aimed at human health and environment protection against harmful effects of chemicals and biocidal products, participation in registration procedures of plant protection products, production, trade and use of substances that could be precursors for manufacturing illicit drugs with the aim of preventing their abuse and use for illicit purposes,
  • obligations, bans and limitations pertaining to products of strategic significance for safety and health,
  • requirements to be met by cosmetic products, 
  • drafting and implementing of the National Programme for Safe Chemicals Management,
  • cooperation with international organisations and participation in international projects cooperation with other competent authorities in Slovenia and abroad,
  • conducting education in relation to chemical safety,
  • monitoring of trade and use of chemicals, POPs, biocidal products and monitoring their degradation products and traces in the environment and living organisms,
  • monitoring progress in science and technology when it comes to determining negative impacts and hazards for human health and environment related risk factors, 
  • interministerial coordination and the Committee for Safe Chemicals Management,
  • harmonisation with the Acquis,
  • information support for chemicals,
  • carrying out inspections,
  • other tasks defined by rules.