The Biocidal Products Regulations (BPR) and Biocidal Products Regulations (Northern Ireland) (BPR NI) implement a European-wide scheme (the Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EEC) that covers a very diverse group of products, including disinfectants, pest control products and preservatives.
This section outlines the process you must follow to gain authorisation for either a product under the Biocidal Products Regulations (BPR) or Inclusion of an active substance under the Biocidal Products Directive (BPD).
It also provides links to the BPD/R data protection and data sharing provisions.
If you are unsure whether the product or active substance is regulated under BPR/D, you should read more about the law.
Once an active substance has been included in Annex I of the BPD each Member State must authorise products containing it before they can be placed on the market in that individual Member States (providing that any necessary data has been supplied and any conditions put on Annex I inclusion are met).
Further Information on the UK BPR Product Authorisation Process.
If your biocidal product is on the UK market when the active substance(s) it contains is included onto Annex I of the BPD you may find the information on our Transfer from UK National Law page helpful.
Once your product is authorised under the BPR before you can place it on the market you should be aware of other obligations imposed by the BPR & BPR NI which include:
It is important that you are familiar with the requirements of the BPR & BPR NI as failure to comply with them and the conditions of authorisation may be an offence under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 or under the Regulations.
Only active substance Included onto Annex I of the BPD can be used in biocidal products placed on the EU market. If the active substance has not been supported under the BPD Active Substance Review Programme (existing active substance) or is a New Active Substance it needs to be evaluated to ensure that it poses no unacceptable risk to people, animals or the environment.
Further information on the UK active substance process.
Data Protection – This guidance provides information on the different data protection provisions in the Biocidal Products Directive provides.
Guidance for data sharing - This guidance document provides suggestions for applicants on some steps they can take to achieve data sharing when submitting information to the HSE in support of active substances or biocidal products applications