These chemicals are prohibited to the general public

Some chemicals and everyday products can be used to make home-made bombs. For this reason, the EU has decided that access to these chemicals must be restricted. Here are the chemicals that you as an individual are not allowed to buy, use or store.


Products for bleaching, model aircraft and fertilisers

One of the products in the list of prohibited chemicals is concentrated hydrogen peroxide. This is typically used by hunters to bleach trophy skulls, or to bleach wooden panelling. A good alternative way to bleach hunting trophies is to use a weaker solution of hydrogen peroxide (12%), and to leave the trophy in the solution for longer.

Also on the list is fuel containing nitromethane, which is typically used to fly model aircraft. Some fertiliser products are also included on the list. The list of prohibited chemicals amounts to a total of eight products (see fact box). The ban also applies to products that contain the listed chemicals in concentrations above the specified limit.

Illegal to import from abroad

In some other countries in the EU, it is possible to get a licence to purchase these chemicals. If you as an individual have a licence to buy the prohibited chemicals or products from another country, this licence is not valid in Norway. The ban on buying, storing and using these chemicals still applies to you. It is also illegal to order these products online.

What to do if you have a chemical or product that is banned

If you are already storing one of the listed chemicals, or a product that contains more than the permitted quantity of chemicals on the list, you must hand this product in to a local waste facility authorised to receive hazardous chemicals, as soon as possible. There is no charge for this service.

These chemicals are prohibited:

  • Hydrogen peroxide above 12% by weight
  • Nitromethane above 30% by weight (around 25% by volume)
  • Nitric acid above 3% by weight
  • Potassium chlorate above 40% by weight
  • Potassium perchlorate above 40% by weight
  • Sodium chlorate above 40% by weight
  • Sodium perchlorate above 40% by weight
  • Ammonium nitrate in concentrations of 16% or higher by weight of nitrogen in relation to ammonium nitrate

Report any suspected use or storage

If you as an individual suspect the use or storage of these chemicals, you can report this to Kripos (the National Criminal Investigation Service).