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Data protection

Changes due to Brexit

Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.

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The data protection provisions in the Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) and the new EU Regulation (528/2012) allow applicants to recover some of the costs of generating the data. Member States may only use data for the benefit of an applicant if the applicant has access to the data (and provides a letter of access) or the data protection has expired for the data.

Data protection duration varies according to whether the data is in support of active substances or biocidal products, whether the active substances are considered to be 'existing' or ‘new’ and the reason for submission/stage in the approval/authorisation process at which submission occurs. An explicit timescale for each of the available options is given below:

Existing active substances

New active substances

Biocidal products containing existing actives

Biocidal products containing new actives

Updated 2018-02-14