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Amendment of the EU Biocidal Products Regulation

News 4/23/2014

The EU has now decided to make some changes to the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (EU ) No 528 /2012. The amendments shall enter into force 25 April 2014.

Since certain provisions of the EU Regulation have shown to lead to unforeseen consequences, the EU has now decided to make some changes, mainly in the transitional provisions.

The transitional provisions for articles treated with biocidal products will now be the same regardless of whether they were placed on the market before or after 1 September 2013 (Article 94). The amendment also seeks to clarify that articles treated with biocidal products also are subject to the labelling and information requirements of Article 58 from 1 September 2013.

Furthermore, the transitional provisions regarding access to the active substance dossier have been clarified ( Article 95). Clarification has also been made of the transitional rules for biocidal products not previously covered by EU rules on biocides (Article 93).


A biocide is a chemical or biological pesticide that is intended to prevent or control animals, plants or microorganisms, including viruses, causing inconvenience or harm to human health or damage to property. Examples of biocidal products are wood preservatives, repellents, rodenticides and antifouling products.

The EU Biocidal Products Regulation began to apply on 1 September 2013. The Regulation aims to harmonise the market for biocidal products, at the same time as protecting human health and the environment.

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Regulation (EU) No 334/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2014 amending Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products, with regard to certain conditions for access to the market

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