A.I.S.E. & Biocides for Europe recommendations for improving EU access to biocidal products

Today, A.I.S.E. & Biocides for Europe released their report on the implementation of the Biocidal Products Regulation and a series of recommendations to ensure that biocides continue to serve society’s needs in a safe and timely way. Biocides are a crucial tool that helps destroy or control harmful organisms such as viruses, bacteria, insects, rodents. They play an important role in our daily lives. Pest control and disinfection are essential in controlling vector-borne diseases and infections from transmissible diseases, while preservatives are used to preserve a diverse variety of products and materials commonly used in industries, institutions, and households.

The Biocidal Product Regulation (the BPR) entered into force more than 8 years ago and during this time a lot of experience has been gained of the processes and concepts in the regulation and their implementation. 

A.I.S.E. and Biocides for Europe joined forces to analyse the BPR and its implementation to identify strengths, weaknesses, and potential opportunities for improvement.
To this aim, a survey was conducted with their members and industries further down the supply chain, and an assessment report was commissioned to ERM, supported by Fieldfisher
The feedback received from the 100 survey respondents confirms that whilst the BPR introduced promising new concepts and processes, implementation remains a challenge. Unpredictability has been identified as one of the major concerns and is believed to be a direct result of the complex regulatory framework closely interlinked with the lack of harmonisation and delays. Such a regulatory environment hampers innovation and is reflected in the very low number of new active substances that have been developed since BPR entered into application.
Read more in our report and fact sheets series, which highlight the key findings of our analysis, and provide some recommendations on how to improve the implementation of the BPR.