On 3rd and 4th of May, two of our Biocides experts were in Berlin to attend the 9th edition of the Biocides Symposium, a conference organised by the biocides’ branch of the media Chemical Watch, five years after the enforcement of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). Find out about the critical issues tackled during that event.

EcoMundo à Berlin pour une conférence spéciale Biocides

The stake of the conference: biocidal products' authorisation

The goal of these two days was to focus on the Marketing Authorisation of biocidal products according to the regulation EU N°528/2012, by thoroughly examining the different regulatory aspects leading to the grant of such authorisation.

23 speakers from different sectors (European Commission, ECHA, national authorities, service providers and industrials) gave numerous lectures on the matter, shared their experience with biocidal products authorisation since the establishment of the BPR and gave an overview of the upcoming challenges, regarding biocidal products’ authorisation.

The list of speakers can be found right here.

Experience-sharing and technical training

The conference unfolded in two days.

On Thursday 3rd May, the attendees learned about the behind the scenes evaluation of dossiers by national authorities and about the upcoming changes on the processing of authorisation requests, such as the project to launch a portal for the dissemination of dossiers dedicated to biocides at the end of 2018, including comparison tools.

Friday 4th May focused on more technical aspects to optimise the assembling of dossiers. The coming challenges caused by the active substances to be authorised and by the development of new active substances have also been tackled.

Thus, our experts benefitted from valuable advice and were able to use these discussions to sharpen their own knowledge on these subjects.

Highlights to remember

A number of information came out of the conference. Our experts backtracked the key aspects:

  • On the whole, there is a great discrepancy between the authorities’ point of view and consultants’ and industrials’ one. As a matter of fact, carrying out a simple authorisation request (both in terms of costs and time of analysis), which suits industrials and competent authorities, turns out to be a complex goal to achieve.
  • ECHA will open a platform for data dissemination dedicated to biocides at the end of this year.
  • ECHA is anticipating the impact of Brexit on the biocides regulation and is thinking about possible scenarios. We can also note that the evaluation of biocides’ dossiers by the United Kingdom is already starting to be transferred to other Member States.
  • From 7th June 2018 onwards, all the substances answering to criteria of the regulation EU 2017/2100 will be considered as endocrine disruptors.

Want to know more about Biocidal Products' Regulation?


For more information on biocidal products, do not hesitate to contact our expert M. Fang Zhou by phone : +33 1 83 64 20 54 for Europe, or +1 (778) 234 1607 for North America, or even send him an email at [email protected]

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