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Statistics in brief - Biocidal products

Biocides are chemical or biological pesticides that are not intended to be used for plant protection. They are used against microorganisms in, for example, wood protection, disinfection or preservation. Biocides can also be intended to kill or deter animals when they intrude into the activities of man. Examples of biocidal products are antifouling paints, rat poisons, mosquito repellants and preservatives.

Number of Biocidal products 2002ā€“2011

Biocidal products in the Products Register, number of consumer available and for occupational use.

Biocidal products 2002 - 2012 in the products register, number of consumer available and for occupational use.

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency, 2011.

Between 2002 and 2011 the number of biocidal products increased with more than 50 per cent to around 2,000 products. The consumer products part also increased and was 26 per cent of the number of biocidal products during 2011.

Groups of biocidal in the Products Register
Product typeAll biocidesConsumer available biocides 
Number of productsQuantity, tonnesShare of hazardousNumber of productsQuantity, tonnesShare of hazardous
Disinfectants 1,184 48,266 89 % 346 6,791 73 %
Preservatives 552 49,086 49 % 12 33 97 %
Repelling and killing animals 175 774 33 % 122 639 27 %
Wood preservatives 98 14,699 94 % 44 579 46 %
Slimicides 76 8,370 91 % 9 5 100 %
Antifouling 59 303 95 % 32 155 92 %

Source: Products Register, Swedish Chemicals Agency, 2011.

In 2011, the total amount of imported and manufactured biocidal products was 121,000 tonnes of which 6 per cent, about 8,200 tonnes, were available to consumers.

The quantitatively largest biocides are preservatives, disinfectants and wood preservatives whereas repellants, animal killing preparations and antifouling quantities together stand for only one per cent of the quantity of biocidal products. Relatively few preservative products and slimicides are intended for consumer use.

Depending on the type of biocidal product between 24 and 100 per cent of the quantity is classified as hazardous to health. The share of hazardous biocides of the total quantity is 74 per cent. Only products that are to be used against animals have a share of hazardous products lower than 50 per cent.