Chapter 6. Regulation of ozone-depleting substances

Regulations relating to restrictions on the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of chemicals and other products hazardous to health and the environment (Product Control Regulations). This is an unofficial translation of the Norwegian regulation.

Section 6-1. Purpose

The purpose of the provisions in this chapter is to prevent the emission of substances that lead to the depletion of the ozone layer in the stratosphere.

Section 6-2. Scope

The provisions in this chapter lay down rules on the manufacture, import, export, sale, use, recovery, re-use, regeneration and destruction of ozone-depleting substances, and on the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of products and equipment that contain chemical substances that can lead to the depletion of the ozone layer in the stratosphere.

Ozone-depleting substances means substances that are included in Appendix I to this chapter. New ozone-depleting substances means substances that are included in Appendix II to this chapter.

The provisions in this chapter apply within the Kingdom of Norway, including Svalbard and Jan Mayen, on board Norwegian ships, on board Norwegian aircraft in areas that are not subject to the sovereignty of any state and on facilities and installations on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Section 6-3. Prohibition on the manufacture, import, export and use of ozone-depleting substances and preparations

The manufacture, import, export and use of ozone-depleting substances in pure form or in preparations is prohibited if this is not permitted under the terms of this subsection, sections 6-7 to 6-18 or under a special permit pursuant to section 6-6.

The prohibition on the use of CFCs, tetrachloromethane (carbontetrachloride) and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (methylchloroform) in pure form or in preparations does not apply to their use for laboratory purposes up to 31 December 2005. The use of ozone-depleting substances as oils in water analyses is nevertheless prohibited.

The prohibition on the use of ozone-depleting substances does not apply to their use as input chemicals in the manufacture of other chemicals where the substance is completely converted in the process and where the emissions are insignificant.

The prohibition on the manufacture of ozone-depleting substances does not apply to ozone-depleting substances that arise in insignificant quantities in the manufacture of other chemical substances.

Section 6-4. Prohibition on the sale of ozone-depleting substances and preparations

The sale of the following ozone-depleting substances in pure form or in preparations without a special permit as set out in section 6- 6 is prohibited:

CFCs, halon, tetrachloromethane (carbontetrachloride), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (methylchloroform), HBFCs and bromochloromethane.

The prohibition on the sale of halon does not apply to its sale for the purposes that are permitted under section 6-10.

Section 6-5. New ozone-depleting substances

The manufacture, import, export, sale and use of new ozone-depleting substances that are specified in Appendix II to this chapter is prohibited.

The Environment Agency or an agency authorised by the Ministry of Climate and Environment can by regulation add to Appendix II to this chapter new substances that according to the Scientific Assessment Panel of the Montreal Protocol have a significant ozone-depleting capability.

Section 6-6. Permits

The Environment Agency or an agency authorised by the Ministry of Climate and Environment can issue permits for the manufacture, import, export, sale and use of ozone-depleting substances and preparations.

For the manufacture and import of HCFCs and methyl bromide, permits may only be issued within the limits specified in the reduction plan in Appendix III to this chapter or in compliance with the obligations that Norway has undertaken under international law.

Irrespective of the above, ozone-depleting substances and preparations shall not be manufactured, imported or sold in single-use containers, except for essential areas of application.

Section 6-7. Prohibition on the manufacture, import and export of products and equipment

The manufacture, import and export of products and equipment that contain the following ozone-depleting substances is prohibited:

CFCs, halon, tetrachloromethane (carbontetrachloride), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (methylchloroform), methyl bromide, HBFCs and bromochloromethane.

The export of products that are dependent on access to the substances stipulated in subsection one to continue functioning is also prohibited.

Section 6-8. Prohibition on the sale of products and equipment

The sale of products and equipment that contain the following ozone-depleting substances is prohibited:

CFCs, halon, tetrachloromethane (carbontetrachloride), 1,1,1-trichloroethane (methylchloroform), HBFCs and bromochloromethane.

Section 6-9. Prohibition on the use of products with tetrachloromethane (carbontetrachloride) and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (methylchloroform)

The use of products with tetrachloromethane (carbontetrachloride) and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (methylchloroform) is prohibited.

Section 6-10. Phasing out of fixed fire extinguishing equipment and hand-held extinguishers

Hand-held extinguishers containing halon shall be taken out of use by 31 December 2003.

The installation and possession of fixed fire extinguishing equipment containing halon is prohibited.

On board ships and mobile installations, it is nevertheless permitted to have fire extinguishing equipment containing halon up to 31 December 2003.

The prohibitions on fixed fire extinguishing equipment and hand-held extinguishers containing halon in subsections one and two do not apply for critical areas of application as defined in Appendix IV to this chapter.

The prohibition on the use of halon in section 6-3 does not apply to the refilling of extinguishers containing halon in critical areas of application as defined in Appendix IV to this chapter.

Section 6-11. Exceptions for the import and sale of fire extinguishing equipment containing halon

The prohibitions in sections 6-7 and 6-8 on the import and sale of products and equipment do not apply to fire extinguishing equipment containing halon for critical areas of application as defined in Appendix IV to this chapter.

Section 6-12. Exceptions for the import, export and sale of vehicle air conditioning units containing CFCs

The prohibition in section 6-8 on sales does not apply to vehicle air conditioning units containing CFCs if the vehicle was imported before 31 December 1993, if the air conditioning unit in the vehicles was installed before 1 July 1991, or if the import or installation was carried out later than those dates with dispensation from the Environment Agency under the terms of Regulations no. 55 of 21 January 1991 relating to the manufacture, import, export and use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) and halons, repealed with effect from 1 January 2003.

The prohibition in section 6-7 on imports and exports and the prohibition in section 6-8 on sales does not apply to vehicles manufactured before 1 October 2000, if the vehicle was imported or exported as household goods in connection with the owner moving to or from Norway, or if the vehicle is worthy of preservation, cf. sections 1-8 and 1-9 of Regulations no. 918 of 4 October 1994 relating to the technical requirements and approval of vehicles, parts and equipment (the Motor Vehicle Regulations).

Section 6-13. Exceptions for the sale of used refrigeration units containing CFCs as the refrigerant

The prohibition in section 6-8 on sales does not apply to used refrigeration units containing CFCs as the refrigerant if the filling is less than 1 kg per unit and if the refrigeration units were manufactured before 1 July 1991 or later than that date with dispensation from the Environment Agency pursuant to Regulations no. 55 of 21 January 1991 relating to the manufacture, import, export and use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halons.

Section 6-14. Exceptions for inhalers with dosing device

The provisions in this chapter do not prevent the import and sale of inhaler-type medications with a measured dose (MDI) containing CFCs.

Section 6-15. Prohibition on the manufacture, import, sale and installation of equipment and products containing HCFCs

The manufacture, import, sale and installation of equipment and products that contain HCFCs is prohibited. For equipment and products that are regulated in sections 6-16 to 6-18, the prohibition on the manufacture, import, sale and installation nevertheless shall not apply until the date that the Regulations enter into force. Products and equipment that are manufactured before the restriction on use enters into force can nevertheless be imported, sold and installed.

Section 6-16. HCFCs in air conditioning units and heat pumps

The prohibition in section 6-3 on the use of HCFCs applies from 1 January 2004 to equipment for reversible air conditioning and heat pump systems manufactured after 31 December 2003, and from 31 December 2008 for the military use of motor vehicles, tractors, all-terrain vehicles and trailers.

The prohibition in section 6-3 on the use of HCFCs does not apply to the subsequent filling or maintenance of refrigeration and air conditioning units that have been legally manufactured, imported, sold and installed in accordance with previous regulations. From 1 January 2010, the use of new HCFCs for refilling or maintenance of such refrigeration and air conditioning units shall nevertheless be prohibited. From 1 January 2015, refilling or maintenance with used or recovered HCFCs shall also be prohibited.


Amended by Regulations no. 1479 of 17 November 2004 (in force from 1 January 2005).

Section 6-17. HCFCs for the manufacture of foam

The prohibition in section 6-3 on the use of HCFCs does not apply to the manufacture of rigid insulation foam until 1 January 2004.

The use of HCFCs is nevertheless prohibited for the manufacture of

- polyethylene insulation foam,
- polyurethane foam for appliances and machines,
- polyurethane laminate foam with a flexible surface,
- polyurethane sandwich panels, and
- extruded polystyrene foam.

The last three types of foam can nevertheless be manufactured for the insulation of refrigerated transports up to 1 January 2004.

Section 6-18. HCFCs for other purposes

The prohibition in section 6-3 on the use of HCFCs does not apply to their use

a) for analysis purposes,

b) as bearing gas during sterilisation in closed systems for equipment manufactured before 31 December 1997,

c) as process agents (Appendix V to this chapter),

d) for replacing existing halon for fire extinguishing purposes in critical areas of application (Appendix IV to this chapter) under the following conditions:

- the halon in the installation shall be completely removed,
- the removed halon shall be destroyed,
- 70% of the destruction costs shall be covered by the supplier of the HCFCs,
- the person or entity responsible for the installation/removal shall report the amount of halon that is replaced to the Environment Agency or the agency authorised by the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

Section 6-19. Recovery and destruction of used ozone-depleting substances

In connection with servicing and maintenance, or before dismantling and disposal, the person or entity responsible for the operation shall ensure that ozone-depleting substances in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, in equipment that contains solvents and in fire extinguishing equipment are recovered for destruction, re-use or regeneration.

Ozone-depleting substances in other products, installations and equipment shall be recovered if this is practicable.

The substances shall be destroyed using recognised destruction technology.

For refrigeration units containing CFCs, chapter 2 of Regulations no. 930 of 1 June 2004 relating to the recovery and treatment of waste shall nevertheless apply.

Section 6-20. Prevention of emissions

All practical, viable preventive measures shall be taken to prevent and limit emissions of ozone-depleting substances.

The person or entity responsible for fixed equipment filled with more than 3 kg of refrigerants is under the obligation to ensure that the equipment is checked for leaks every year.

Anyone using methyl bromide for soil disinfection shall ensure that the soil is covered with a practically impermeable canvas/foil for a sufficient period of time or that another method is used that provides similarly good protection of the environment.