A new report from the European Commission’s Health and Food Safety Directorate-General has identified the many challenges faced by Member States in processing applications for biocidal products. Under the BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation, (EU) No 528/2012), a reference Member State evaluates biocidal products on behalf of itself and other concerned Member States to which the applicant has applied for authorisation. The new report summarises a series of fact-finding missions in 2017-18 in five Member States: Belgium, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands…