COVID-19 regulatory impact

COVID-19 has caused great disruptions around the world, but regulatory deadlines and rules remain in place, and companies must ensure they meet their requirements. Kerona Scientific remains fully operational and committed to helping you with your regulatory needs. Hand sanitisers and other disinfectant products are crucial in the fight against the virus, and as some companies switch production to meet the demand, it’s important to remember that these are biocides subject to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). The active substance…

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COVID-19 and the role of biocides

COVID-19 presents a challenge and an opportunity for the biocides industry to assist in maintaining public health. At last week’s Biocides Symposium, held at the Pesticide Control Division (PRCD) headquarters in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, the Coronavirus was inevitably a key topic. Hand sanitisers fall under the scope of the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No 528/2012, as product type 1 — products “applied on or in contact with human skin or scalps…

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Kerona’s BPR Vademecum: 4th edition for 2020

The 4th Edition of our acclaimed BPR Vademecum is now available in print and digital versions. The BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation, No. 528/2012) is the regulatory framework concerning the making available on the market and the use of biocidal products in the EU. Kerona’s BPR Vademecum contains a User Guide that summarises the implementation procedures of the BPR and provides a list of the active substances in the Review Programme and information on the relevant guidance documents. The Vademecum also…

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Pesticide Control Division 2020 Biocide Symposium

Kerona is delighted to be attending the Pesticide Control Division 2020 Biocide Symposium on 12th March 2020 at the PRCD headquarters in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland. We are proud to announce that Dr. Irene McGrath will speak about the Industry and Consultant perspective of the BPR. If you are attending the symposium and would like to arrange to meet with one of our team during this event or if you have…

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ECPA Regulatory Conference – Brussels – 4 – 5 March 2020

Kerona is delighted to be attending this year’s European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) Regulatory Congress, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Brussels on the 4th and 5th March 2020.   This will be Kerona’s sixth year attending the conference, which is always well represented by the Member States Competent Authorities.  The 2020 Conference will focus on the latest regulatory developments under Regulation 1107/2009. The opportunities and challenges facing the industry within the context of the European Green Deal will…

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The challenges of implementing the BPR: new report

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…

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Identifying endocrine disruptors using the ECHA/EFSA Guidance

A Guidance document jointly published by ECHA and EFSA last year describes how to identify endocrine-disrupting (ED) properties of biocidal products and plant protection products. In short, a substance is considered as having ED properties if it has an adverse effect on an intact organism or its progeny and if this effect is a consequence of an endocrine mode of action. There must be an assessment of all the available relevant scientific data using a weight of evidence approach, in…

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The new EU Regulation on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain

In September, Regulation (EU) 2019/1381 came into force, with major implications for the transparency of scientific data used to evaluate pesticides and food additives. The new regulation was prompted by an evaluation of the EU general food law (Regulation EC 178/2002), which concluded that risk communication was not effective enough overall. This affects consumer confidence in the outcome of the risk assessment process. The regulation’s key concerns are to ensure the quality and reliability of scientific studies and the transparency…

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Biocides: What does the future hold?

Meet Kerona on 13 November in Frankfurt, Germany at a full-day conference on emerging issues concerning the regulation of  biocides in Europe and beyond. The event will include speakers from industry and regulatory bodies. After each presentation you will have the opportunity to discuss your questions with relevant experts. The seminar will end with a panel on authorisation routes for biocidal products with industry, legal, technical, and regulatory representatives sharing their perspectives. To register, and for further details, please click…

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