Regulation (EU) 528/2012 improves the functioning of the single market while ensuring a high level of protection for human health, animal health and the environment.
The Regulation sets out rules for:
- approving active substances in biocidal products
- authorising the selling and use of biocidal products
- selling articles treated with biocidal products.
In particular, it says that a biocidal product cannot be placed on the market or used unless it:
- only contains approved active substances and
- has been authorised.
The Regulation also include provisions to reduce animal testing by making data sharing compulsory and encouraging a more flexible and intelligent approach to testing.