1.5.4 On-line help – Use by category

Posted by Arne Skov on 2015-09-10

1.5.4      On-line help – Use by category

The tabs called “Use by category (UC62)” and “Use by Category” gives you an overview of the technical use of preparations that contains the selected substance. When you first enter the tabs, they will show you the data from all contributing countries distributed on all reported codes from all the reported years, respectively. By pressing one of the button-shaped headings “Country”, “Year” or “Code”, you can get a more specific view. To learn more about specific selection of “use data” please see “1.4.1 Selecting specific “use data” on the screens” in the SPIN guide.



The countries that has contributed to SPIN with data from their national product registers are:


  • NO: Norway
  • SE: Sweden
  • DK: Denmark
  • FI: Finland.


There are no product register data from Iceland.



Data are reported to SPIN on a yearly basis. The data reflects the current status of the technical types of preparations that contains the substance in that particular year in the reporting country.



In the “Use by category (UC62)” tab the technical function af the preparations containing the substance is described by a UC62 code (Use Code 62). The 62 different use categories of UC62 represents a development of the 55 use categories for substances in the context of directive 79/831/EEC, Notif 23/90 – rev 5. The original 55 use categories were made to be suitable for substances. The extension with 7 more categories makes UC62 suitable for preparations as well.
In the “Use by Category” tab the use of the preparations containing the substance are presented by national use categories for registration of technical functions of preparations. They usually operate on a more detailed level than the 2 digit code in the “Use by category (UC62)” tab. Therefore data that might be included in the overall presentation in the “Use by category (UC62)” tab might be partly or totally suppressed in the “Use by Category” tab due to confidentiality. To learn more about UC62 and the national use categories, please refer to section “3.1 Use categories” under the tab called “3. Codes” in the SPIN guide.



Please refer to section “2.11 Uncertainties” under the “2. General info” tab in the SPIN guide for further information about confidentiality.


# preparations:

Number of preparations is the total registered count of preparations containing the substance used in the particular technical types of preparations in the particular year in the reporting country.



“Tonnes” represents the registered volume of the substance in the particular year used in the particular technical types of preparations in the reporting country. If the value is “0.0” it means that the volume is below the limit of accuracy, which is 100 kg.


The sum of “Use by category” volumes and the “Total use” volume (see section “1.6.2 Total use”) for a specific substance used in a specific country cannot be compared. Partly because a certain volume can be presented with more than one code, partly because the distribution on codes often results in a number of preparations below the limit of confidentiality, which means that code and volume cannot be presented.


Please note that there are no Finnish volumes from the years 1999 and 2000, because Finland cannot report information about volumes earlier than year 2001.