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Product types of biocidal products

In order to make a suitable assessment of exposure and risk to health and the environment as a result of a biocidal product’s use, the EU has determined the different product types of biocidal products. An assessment can thus be made to suit the intended area of use for each biocidal product. According to the EU Biocidal Products Regulation, there are 22 specific product types of biocidal products.

The product types in the EU Biocidal Products Regulation

Product group

Product type


1 - Disinfectants for personal hygiene.

2 - Disinfectants and algaecides not intended for use directly on humans or animals.

3- Disinfectants for veterinary hygiene.

4 - Disinfectants for surfaces which come into contact with foodstuffs and animal fodder.

5- Disinfectants for drinking water.


6 - Preservatives for products in storage.

7 - Preservatives for surface coatings.

8 - Wood preservatives

9 - Preservatives for fibre, leather, rubber and polymerised materials.

10 - Preservatives for construction materials.

11 - Protection products for coolants and other process water.

12 - Slimicides

13 - Preservatives for fluids used in processing or cutting.

Treatment against pests

14 - Products primarily intended as treatment against rats and mice and also certain other rodents.

15 - Avicides

16 - Products for treatment against molluscs, worms and other invertebrates.

17 - Piscicides

18 - Products for treatment against insects, arachnids and other anthropods.

19 - Deterrents and attractants.

20 - Products for treatment against other pests.

Other biocidal products

21 - Antifouling products

22 - Embalming fluids and preservative fluids.

You will find a comprehensive definition for each of these product types in Annex V to the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No 528/2012.

You can obtain a more detailed description of the product types from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) External link.

Further information on certain product types

We have further information on certain product types. See an overview here.

Last published 11 August 2022