A biocidal product is defined in the Biocidal Products Regulation as any product or substance which is intended to destroy, control or prevent the effects of harmful organisms, or in any other way control harmful organisms, other than by means of physical or mechanical devices.

Biocidal products are all those pesticides that are not intended to protect plants or plant products. Examples of biocidal products are wood preservatives, repellents, rodenticides and antifouling paint for boats.

Importing, manufacturing or selling?

If you want to import or sell a biocidal product in Sweden, the product must be authorised by a competent authority in the EU. As a rule in Sweden, the product must be authorised by the Swedish Chemicals Agency, but certain exemptions apply. Use our application guide to apply for the authorisation of a biocidal product.

In Sweden, the Swedish Chemicals Agency authorises biocidal products according to the provisions in the Environmental Code, the Pesticides Ordinance and the EU Biocidal Products Regulation. Regulations on the labelling and handling of chemical pesticides are contained in the Agency´s Pesticides Regulations KIFS 2008:3.

Requirements on knowledge and documentation

An important part of the authorisation process is to ensure that sufficient knowledge exists about the risks connected with the product, in order to be able to evaluate any unacceptable risks during normal use of the product. Evaluating the risks may prevent or minimise any breach of acceptable levels. The effects of the products are also evaluated in the authorisation process.  

If you want to sell or in another way transfer a biocidal product you have to prove that you have or a person in the distribution chain has access to documentation on the active substance in the product. This requirement applies whether or not your product must be authorised. The requirement applies from 1 September 2015.