The Biocidal Products Committe adopted the positive opinions for four new active substances:
Ozone generated from oxygen for use in disinfectants and algaecides not intended for use directly on people or animals (PT 2), in disinfectants for food and feed area (PT 4) and for drinking water (PT 5), and in preservatives for liquid-cooling and processing systems (PT 11);
Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzylammonium chloride for use in disinfectants for personal hygiene (PT 1) and PT 2;
Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium, an extract from flowers of Tanacetum cinerariifolium, obtained with supercritical carbon dioxide and with hydrocarbon solvents for repellents and attractants (PT 19); and
Didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC) for PT 1 and 2.
A positive opinion is the first formal step towards the final approval of the active substance. The European Commission must now set a transitional period and a date by which it will be necessary to submit an application for the authorisation of biocidal products.
This transitional period usually lasts about two years from the adoption of the committee's opinion - in this case until December 2023.
What does this mean for your biocidal products once the active substance is finally approves?
If you want to sell a biocide that has been notified to the national register of biocidal products and does not contain any active substance other than just a substance that is on the list of approved active substances, than you have to:
- apply for a permit (authorisation), or
- parallel mutual recognition of biocidal products.
In other words, you need to start the authorisation process of the biocidal product.
IMPORTANT: the application for authorisation or parallel mutual recognition must be submitted no later than the date of approval / inclusion of the active substance on the list.
If biocidal products contain more than one active substance, applications for authorisation shall be submitted no later than the date of approval of the last active substance for that product type.
What does this mean in practice?
If your product contains e.g. two active substances, one of which has just been approved and the date of approval of the other is not yet known, then you can continue to sell the product until the last active substance is on the list.
If you do not submit an application for authorisation or parallel mutual recognition, you must withdraw the biocidal product from the market within 6 months after the date of approval of the active substance.
The list of active substances approved in 2022 is available below:
A full list of existing approved active substances is available on the ECHA webside.
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