Biocides

Making a ‘hand sanitiser’ available on the Irish market

At present we are receiving many enquiries from companies asking the steps required in making a ‘hand sanitiser’ available on the Irish market. Sanitising products, such as hand sanitisers, come under the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) and the exact steps to be followed will vary depending on the Active Substance (AS) contained in the product. The two most common active substances used in hand sanitisers are ethanol and isopropyl alcohol (IPA, propan-2-ol), and under normal circumstances these substances are regulated very…

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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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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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