Biocidal chlorine products: immediate action may be needed

The Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC (BPD) seeks to establish a high level of protection for humans and the environment, and to eliminate barriers to trade by harmonizing the processes involved in placing biocidal products on the European market. But it will also dramatically transform the biocidal industry, since it will have far-reaching effects on those who produce, distribute and use active substances.

The new Biocidal Products Regulation EU/528/2012 (BPR) was adopted on the 22nd of May 2012, and will enter into force on the 1st of September 2013. This regulation will repeal and replace the BPD, and introduces a range of changes. Responsibility for the management of the biocidal active substance approval and product registration will be moved to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). More information on other specific changes can be found on the websites of DG Environment of the European Commission and ECHA. Given the timelines of the active substance approval, it seems likely that the products based on our active substances will be registered under this new regime.

The BPR describes biocides as chemical preparations containing one or more active substances that are intended to control harmful organisms by either chemical or biological means.
The classification of biocides is broken down into 22 Product Types (i.e. application categories), with several comprising different subgroups.

Under the BPR, the system of product authorisation requires two regulatory steps before a biocidal product can be marketed. The first step is approval of the active substance and the second step is on the specific formulated biocidal products. Each requires a dossier per product type that contains information on its biocidal efficacy, toxicological and ecotoxicological properties, etc.
Read more information on the submitted product types page.

Progress thus far

The dossiers submitted in 2007 have passed the evaluation period and have been subject to review by the Technical Meetings.
See the Draft competent authority report on

Currently we are updating the dossiers according to requests from the Technical Meetings.

The dossiers submitted in 2008 are currently undergoing evaluation by the RMS.

For information on the current status of the dossier evaluations please consult the substance-specific links below:

On the Commission website you can follow the annex I entries by clicking on these links:

More information about the active substance review programme and the Biocidal Products Regulation can be found on the ECHA website at

 Last Update: 10/2013