New practical guide on the obligations under the Biocidal Products Regulation [EU]

In a press release issued on 23 September 2014, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced the publication of a Practical Guide on Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of 22 May 2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products (the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)), aiming to help companies to better fulfil their obligations and tasks under the BPR. The Guide is structured in sections defining the principles behind each obligation (i.e. who is concerned by the obligations; relevant timelines and the deadlines; information requirements; the procedure to follow and the expected results of the process).

Furthermore, the guide highlights exceptions and particular cases for certain processes and provides a list of relevant fees for each obligation.

In addition to the current chapters of the guide which is now available on ECHA’s website, the following chapters are foreseen to be published in late October 2014:
• renewal of approval of active substance
• review of an approval of active substance
• research and development

As a reminder, in a press release issued on 18 August 2014, ECHA announced that, following an agreement with the European Commission (EC), the company names of non-EU entities together with their EU-representatives will be published in the list prepared by ECHA in accordance with Article 95 of (the Biocidal Products Regulation. Furthermore, all non-EU manufacturers will have the possibility to appoint an EU representative to fulfil their obligations in relation to the registration of substances, provided by Article 95 of the Biocidal Products Regulation.

Red-on-line EHS Legal Counsel

Sources : Press release of the European Chemicals Agency, “ECHA publishes a Practical Guide on the Biocidal Products Regulation”, ECHA/NA/14/43, 23 September 2014

Link to the practical guide on the Biocidal Products Regulation – 23 September 2014