Checking in and phasing out
We have strict requirements that we apply to all products. All chemicals used in, or for making IKEA products should be safe for customers, co-workers and the environment, and take into account the lifecycle of the product. For children’s products, our requirements are even stricter. We test all our children’s products at our own accredited test laboratory in Sweden, as well as at independent accredited test laboratories and institutes around the world.
For many years, we have engaged in research on chemical safety. Our chemical standards regularly go beyond legal requirements, often phasing out chemicals that are suspected of being harmful in advance of legislation. Some examples are lead, flame retardants, PVC and formaldehydes in colours and lacquers.