Increased demand for disinfectants makes raw materials scare and creates distress for manufacturers. To avoid having regulations tighten bottlenecks even further, the German Federal Office for Chemicals (Bundesstelle für Chemikalien), a department of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin: BAuA), has granted general rulings and exceptional permissions according to Article 55, Section 1 of the Biocide Regulation.
As early as March 4, the Office published a General Ruling on the Authorization of Biocide Products Containing 2-Propanol for Hygienic Hand Disinfection (German only), which it supplemented on March 13. It was expanded again a week later along with the group of addresses.
On April 2, the BAuA published an additional general ruling (German only) on the “authorization of biocide products containing ethanol, chlorimide-T, and sodium hypochlorite for bottle disinfection.”
On its Web site (German only), the institute lists all the regulations and the option to download a list of FAQs.
The ECHA provides comprehensive information on the topic and the regulations that apply in individual EU states on its COVID-19 site.
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