Biocides are designed to kill or control harmful organisms such as insects, fungi, or bacteria. At the same time, the health of humans and animals should not be put at risk. Modern biocides must therefore be non-toxic and should have a minimal effect on the environment. There needs to be a good balance between efficacy and minimising unwanted effects.

The European Biocidal Products Regulation defines what needs to be tested and how a company receives the authorisation to market a biocidal product. Not only must the active substance have been approved and originate from a supplier who is included in a special list of the European Chemicals Agency, the biocidal product along with its secondary components also requires a separate authorisation. Articles that have been treated with a biocidal product are also subject to the Biocidal Products Regulation. They may need to be labelled or even authorised. But perhaps transitional rules still apply, as is the case for some biocides. There are numerous exceptions in the European regulations. This increases the complexity. However, some work can be saved. At least for the time being. ⇒ Biocidal Products Regulation

It is important to know what your company needs to do. If you “only” sell the biocidal product of another manufacturer under your company name, the matter is relatively simple. Getting an authorisation for your own specific formulation that features special properties is much more complicated. ⇒ Concern analysis for biocides

The authorisation itself can entail a fairly large effort – with respect to both time and financial resources. If you don’t have in-house expertise, it is best to turn to the consultant of your choice when it comes to applying for authorisation. You can’t begin too soon. ⇒ Authorisation of biocidal products