Biocides blog posts

30 January, 2019

The why and wherefores of Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)

By David Arrowsmith

Biocidal products are used to control unwanted organisms (e.g., pests, such as rats, or micro-organisms, like bacteria) that are harmful to the health of humans or animals, the environment, or that cause damage to human activities. As such, biocides play an important role in everyday life and reflect a huge range of product types, from disinfectants to insecticides.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) regulates the specific biocide products that are available in the EU/EEA and Switzerland, as well as the active substances that they contain, under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). The aim of the BPR is to ensure that all marketed biocidal products perform their intended role (i.e., have efficacy) and pose a low hazard to humans, animals and the environment when used as specified.

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17 December, 2018

How to optimize biocidal product regulation in 7 steps

By David Arrowsmith

Before a biocidal product can be authorized, you need to ensure that the active substance within the biocidal product has been approved for use under the BPR. Once an active substance is approved, you have approximately two years in which to authorize biocidal products containing that active substance. If your product has more than one active substance, the date of approval of the last active substance sets the 24-month count down.

There are many time-consuming activities when meeting the requirements of the BPR, and different authorization approaches which makes long-term planning essential.

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23 August, 2017

Biocides 101 - All you need to know now you've submitted

By David Arrowsmith

You’ve got your biocidal product authorization prepared and submitted your application to the Register for Biocidal Products (R4BP); so it’s time to relax and sit back – right? Not quite! You still have a lot to do to get your product successfully through authorization. Read on to find out some tips for surviving the validation and evaluation phases of your biocidal product authorization.

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23 April, 2017

Biocides 101 - How to navigate the regulatory process

By David Arrowsmith

Here you can find all you ought to know about biocides. Discover what they are, how they’re regulated, and the secrets to getting your product registered successfully.

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