BIOCIDES REGULATIONS

Biocides reduce unwanted organisms on surfaces and products. Thus, they help prevent humans from getting sick. However, they can also be toxic to people, animals, and the environment. Therefore, biocides regulations are in effect to protect public health and the environment.

The Enviropass Biocides Compliance Services

Regarding biocides, Enviropass is here to help you:

  • Assess your products against the presence of active biocides;
  • Submit your dossier of biocidal products and treated articles for approval;
  • Label your products;
  • Comply with other applicable requirements like REACH and Safety Data Sheets.

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Biocides

In short, biocides are chemicals or micro-organisms that control harmful organisms, such as:

  • Pests,
  • Fungi,
  • Bacteria,
  • Yeasts,
  • Molds,
  • Algae, or
  • Viruses.

Some of them can have effects at the nanomaterial level.

Silver and titanium additives and ions are examples of these active substances.

Biocide chemicals

Biocidal Products

In essence, biocidal products are substances or mixtures with active biocide substances. They include:

  •  Disinfectants:
    • For human and veterinary hygiene
    • For food and feed area
    • For drinking water 
  • Preservatives:
    • Film and polymerized materials preservatives
    • Construction material preservatives
  • Pest controls:
    • Rodenticides
    • Avicides
    • Molluscicides
    • Vermicides
    • Piscicides
    • Insecticides
    • Acaricides
    • Repellents
    • Attractants
  • Other biocidal products:
    • Antifouling
    • Embalming
    • Taxidermist products

Various articles contain biocidal products. These so-called ‘treated articles’ include:

  • Electrical and electronic products (like light switches, radiators, refrigerators, headphones, etc.);
  • Paints, inks, and wallpapers;
  • Bathroom articles (like toilet brushes and bags)
  • Clothes, pillows, blankets, etc.;
  • Toys;
  • Wood articles;
  • Many other products.

Because of their inherent properties, biocidal products can cause toxic or other harm to non-target organisms, humans, pets, and the environment.

The EU Biocidal Products Regulation

Regulation (EU) 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products has been in force in the European Union since September 1st, 2013. Also called the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), it replaces the EU Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC.

As outlined in article 1, the BPR’s objective is to harmonize biocidal product rules within the EU and to protect public health and the environment.

Regulation (EU) 1062/2014 on the work programme for the systematic examination of all existing active substances contained in biocidal products referred to in Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 applies when the European Chemicals Agency must examine submitted active chemicals via a systematic process.

The EU BPR Obligations

  • As a manufacturer or an importer, you can’t place treated articles into the EU market with active biocide substances unless approved.
  • Specific labels, conditions, and restrictions also apply to some active substances. Label details include the names of the active substances, their properties, and instructions for use.
  • Additionally, within 45 days upon request, manufacturers and importers must give information on the biocidal treatments on treated articles.
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EU Public Information on Biocides

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) provides details on biocides accessible online, including:

  • A list of biocidal active substances containing the chemical:
    • CAS number
    • Type of product
    • Approval status
  • A list of biocidal products authorized in the EU market as per 98/8/EC
  • A list of active substances and suppliers.

Do you have any questions or need assistance with biocide regulations ? Ask your Enviropass expert!