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From September 1, 2016, the deadline for compliance with the EU BPR governing the listing of active substance(s) contained in biocidal products used to treat articles comes into force. SGS can help you comply.

From September 1, 2016, the active substance(s) contained in biocidal products used to treat articles placed on the EU market must be approved (or submitted for approval) in the EU if the article is to remain (or be placed) on the market. Beyond March 1, 2017, only articles treated with, or intentionally incorporating, active substances approved or under evaluation in the EU will be allowed on the EU market.

The EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR) defines a treated article as “any substance, mixture or article which has been treated with, or intentionally incorporates, one or more biocidal products”. This applies only to treated articles including complex items with a treated component that are not themselves biocidal products.

From September 1, 2016, the transitional measures currently in place to enable application for active substance approval will expire. The following positions will apply to all treated articles on the EU market:

  • Articles treated with products containing EU-approved active substances in the relevant product type:
    • The article may be placed on the EU market
  • Articles treated with products containing active substances that are supported by a submitted application in the relevant product type:
    • The article can continue to be placed on the market until a decision on approval of the active substance is made
    • If the active substance is not approved, the article must be withdrawn from the market within 180 days of the decision
  • Articles treated with products containing active substances that are not supported by an approval or submitted application:
    • The treated article cannot be made available to the EU market after March 1, 2017

How SGS can help

SGS has the regulatory knowledge and expertise to determine whether your article is “treated” or not. We can check the status of active substance(s) contained in the biocidal products used to treat your article, and provide advice on labelling requirements.

If necessary, we can support you through the regulatory process to achieve approval of an active substance within the relevant biocide product type.

Notes:

  1. An active substance must be approved within the relevant product type for the product under consideration (see Figure 1, below).
  2. Since September 2013, the EU BPR requires treated articles to be labelled with a statement of content and specific information regarding composition, biocidal claims, and precautions in respect of the biocidal product(s) used.

Figure 1: Groupings of Biocidal Product Types 

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For further information, please contact:

Sue McMillan
Regulatory Affairs Manager
SGS United Kingdom
t: +44 (0)1295 671933

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