Biocides

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​The legislation on biocides applies to biocidal products and products, which are conserved or treated with biocides (treated articles). We help your company to comply with the legal requirements.

​Do you market products with antimicrobial properties? If so, they need to be authorised according to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). Do your products contain preservatives? As a new requirement, preservatives in such products need to be approved or be in the process to being approved.

COWI assists companies in generating an overview of whether/how/when their products are covered by the regulation, and we prepare the necessary documentation for the authorities.

The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) regulates the use of biocides

The Biocidal Products Regulation (528/2012) – or simply the BPR - entered into force in September 2013. It provides for:

  • Active substances having a biocidal/antimicrobial effect
     
  • Biocidal products containing the active substances and having a primary function of killing microbes – e.g. disinfectants and wood preservatives
     
  • Treated articles, which are treated with or contain active substances, but where it is not a primary function of the product to kill microbes – e.g. preserved products such as paint and garden furniture

The principles of the biocides provisions are relatively simple. They require that all biocidal products become authorised. However, the time perspective for approval of active substances and authorisation of various product types varies. This makes it challenging to pinpoint when a company must provide documentation to the authorities.

The provisions operate with very strict deadlines and you may risk that your product has to be withdrawn from the market for a long period of time if you do not meet these deadlines.

We would be happy to set up a free initial meeting to discuss your company's situation.

LAST UPDATED: 12.12.2016