With Brexit approaching, the European Commission has produced a draft regulation to ensure that the UK’s work in evaluating biocidal active substances is taken up by other countries.

In the Review Programme for biocides (Regulation (EU) No 1062/2014), member state competent authorities are designated the evaluating competent authority (eCA) for specific active substance/product type combinations. According to the withdrawal agreement between the EU and UK, from 31 March 2019, the UK competent authority can no longer be an eCA, and so new eCAs from other member states (and the EEA and Switzerland) must be designated.

A draft delegated regulation assigning the UK’s responsibilities to other countries has now been produced and is open to public comment until 12 October. Eighteen active substances currently being evaluated by the UK will be divided between 9 different countries, who will be able to request fees from the applicants, notwithstanding the stage of the application.

If you have any queries about biocides or would like a print or digital copy of Kerona’s BPR Vademecum, which provides a user’s guide to the Biocidal Products Regulation, please send an email to info@kerona.ie or contact the team on +353 1 849 5284.