Biocides and Biocidal Products: Review Program to Be Extended Again

The testing or review program to examine existing active substances is to be extended until the end of 2030. The competent EU authorities have agreed on the extension and published it along with other measures in a discussion note. A further extension was necessary because not even half of the existing active substances have been evaluated to date. The evaluation was originally to be completed in 2014 but was then extended to the end of 2024.

Existing active substances in biocidal products are those that were already on the market on May 14, 2000. The crux of the issue is that about half of these active ingredients have neither been evaluated nor approved. Until a decision is made, transitional arrangements apply in accordance with Article 89 of the Biocidal Products Regulation. The active substances may continue to be used for the duration of the transitional arrangements.

Representatives of the authorities will discuss how the review process can be accelerated during their next meeting at the end of September.

We advise you with regard to the requirements of Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012 (Biocidal Products Regulation, BPR), check the labeling and marketability of biocidal products within the EU and carry out the biocide notification in Germany to the BAuA according to the German “Chemikaliengesetz (ChemBiozidMeldeV)”.

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