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Public Health (16-03-2016)

Commission published its Report on the Sustainable use of Biocides

Biocidal products, such as disinfectants, wood preservatives, insecticides, insect repellents or rodenticides, are a family of products intended to destroy or control harmful or unwanted organisms (such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, insects or vertebrate animals) that have detrimental effects on the environment, on animals, on humans, their activities or the products they use or produce. Biocidal products are used in a wide variety of ways by both industrial and professional users as well as by the general public.

In 2012, the Biocidal Products Regulation1 was adopted and it stipulated that the Commission shall, on the basis of experience gained with the application of this Regulation, present to the Council and the European Parliament a report on how the Biocidal Products Regulation contributes to the sustainable use of biocidal products.

The report published today concludes that processes laid down in the Regulation, such as the active substance approval, product authorisation, or the comparative assessment of biocidal products which aims the phasing-out of dangerous substances where less hazardous alternatives are available, are important contributions to the objective of fostering the sustainable use of biocidal products. The report also concludes that the completion of this on-going assessment of all active substances and the authorisation of biocidal products containing these active substances shall be the main priority in view of promoting the sustainable use of biocidal products.

The report also highlight best practices for the use of biocidal products can also be achieved through the development of appropriate guidance and standards.

The report can be found here

1 Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products Text with EEA relevance - OJ L 167, 27.6.2012, p. 1–123.