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Biocidal products (insecticides & insect repellents)
European Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)

Biocidal products are used to control unwanted organisms that are harmful to human or animal health.

Biocidal products include, among others:

  •     Insecticides
  •     Insect repellents

Their role is very important in the daily life of EU citizens, for example, helping them to be protected against:

  • Insect-borne diseases (e.g. malaria, entomophobia, chikungunya, etc.)

However, due to their intrinsic properties, biocidal products can pose risks to humans, animals and the environment. As a result, the EU has put in place strict rules and procedures to minimize these risks.

Before the active ingredients can be used in biocidal products, they must be evaluated and approved for use at EU level.

Before a product can be placed on the market, it must prove that it can be used on humans or animals. In addition, it must prove to be effective for its intended uses.

The evaluation of active ingredients before they are approved for use in biocidal products is carried out by an EU country, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

The ECHA provides an opinion to the Committee on whether or not an active ingredient can be approved. Based on its conclusions, the Committee decides whether or not to authorize the use of the active ingredient in biocidal products.

Where necessary to protect human health, animal health or the environment, an authorization may include certain conditions to ensure that identified risks are adequately addressed in the authorization of the product.

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