Biocides

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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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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Relabelling deadline for MIT

All suppliers of the preservative MIT (methylisothiazolone) and products containing it should be aware that its harmonized classification has been added to the CLP Regulation (Regulation No. 1272/2008). Last year, the European Commission published its 13th Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP), which included numerous changes to Annex VI. MIT is classified as a Skin Sensitiser, category 1A, with a specific concentration limit of 15 ppm. This limit is much lower than the 0.1% concentration limit for general category 1A skin…

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Kerona’s BPR Vademecum: Third Edition

The 3rd Edition of our BPR Vademecum is now available in print and digital versions. The digital version is fully hyperlinked so that the user can read and download active substance legislation and assessment reports, guidance documents, and supporting regulations. 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…

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Kerona Scientific presents webinar series

Kerona is pleased to announce its new webinar schedule for 2019. The company has been delivering training courses for many years, but with the recent move to our new offices we are able to expand our range of services. The webinar series comprises modules tailored to the plant protection and biocide industries, providing an overview of the regulatory environment as well as more specific information about sections of the dossier and data requirements. You can see the full details of…

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CHCS course 2019: Module 28, Overview of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)

Dr Irene McGrath is presenting the course Overview Of The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) on behalf of the Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS) on Wednesday 6 February at the H10 London, UK. This one-day course, which was launched in 2017, provides participants with an overview of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012, the Biocidal Products Regulation. Participants will be given a thorough understanding of the practical implications of the BPR for EU manufacturers and importers of biocidal products and articles treated with biocidal…

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A ‘no-deal’ Brexit: what happens to chemicals regulation in the UK?

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs have issued a series of technical notices concerning the regulation of chemicals in the event of the UK leaving the European Union with no agreement in place. Although a no-deal outcome in March 2019 is described as “unlikely”, the guidance has been produced as part of the government’s efforts to prepare for all eventualities, so that businesses and citizens can make informed plans and preparations.…

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Biocides after Brexit: replacing the UK in active substance evaluations

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…

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BPR Vademecum: updated

A new digital update to the 2nd Edition of our BPR Vademecum is now available. This version is fully hyperlinked so that the user can read and download active substance legislation and assessment reports, guidance documents, and supporting regulations. 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…

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