Hazardous substances

To restrict the use of chemicals and hazardous substances the Volvo Group closely monitors all parts and components used in the vehicles produced.

In 2009 the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List (GADSL) was introduced as a basic requirement for the reduction of hazardous substances in product components, besides the Volvo Black and Grey lists. The GADSL list includes substances designated as prohibited and/or declarable within the industry and was originally drawn up in collaboration between global automotive manufacturers and subcontractors.

Using the Substrack system, the Volvo Group can secure compliance with global material and chemical regulations.

Substances present in parts and components are controlled through a system called Substrack, under which Volvo Group suppliers can report the material composition through the International Material Data System (IMDS). Using the Substrack system, the Volvo Group can secure compliance with global material and chemical regulations. For instance, the European REACH regulation includes special control measures for substances in articles.