Treated articles

According to article 3(1)(l) of the BPR, a treated article is any substance, mixture or article which has been treated with, or intentionally incorporates, one or more biocidal products. As a general rule, articles can only be treated with biocidal products containing active substances approved in the EU.

A treated article with a biocidal function is an article which has amongst its intended purposes at least one that aims at destroying, deterring, rendering harmless, preventing the action of, or otherwise exerting a controlling effect on, any harmful organism by any means other than mere physical or mechanical action. This function is not intended to protect the article itself or its original function, but to introduce an additional function which is biocidal. A treated article that has a primary biocidal function shall be considered a biocidal product.

Suppliers must be prepared to provide consumers with information about the biocidal treatment of the article they are selling. If a consumer requests information about a treated article, the supplier must provide it free of charge within 45 days. The BPR sets out rules for the use of articles treated with, or intentionally incorporating, one or more biocidal products.

If the active substance is either under examination in the Review Programme as at 1 September 2016 and/or there is a combination of those active substances plus already approved active substances, then the treated article can stay on the market until the date of approval of the last active substance.

The active substance dossier must include data on the relevant Product Type (PT). If the active substance is not approved for the relevant PT, treated articles which were treated with or incorporated a BP containing this active substance should no longer be placed on the market as from 180 days from the decision of non-approval on the active substance. If the active substance is not approved for the relevant PT, the relevant treated articles should no longer be placed on the market as from 1 March 2017.

If you have any queries relating to biocides and our services, please send an email to or contact the team on +353 1 849 5284.

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