This page provides information about the packaging and labelling requirements under the EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR), which apply from 1 September 2013.
The requirements relating to packaging and labelling are laid down in Article 69 of the EU BPR. They are activated when the product is authorised under the Regulation.
The draft label will be considered as part of the product evaluation application.
In general, the label will be considered in terms of whether it correctly and appropriately describes the product; for instance in terms of the correct classification and associated symbols and phrases and label claims etc. HSE will not, in general, comment on other aspects of the label, such as marketing aspects or graphics, unless it impacts on the key information.
Article 69 of EU BPR states that
“Authorisation holders shall ensure that biocidal products are…labelled in accordance with the approved summary of biocidal product characteristics.”
“Authorisation holders shall ensure that labels are not misleading in respect of the risks from the product to human health, animal health or the environment or its efficacy and, in any case, do not mention the indications ‘low-risk biocidal product’, ‘non-toxic’, ‘harmless’, ‘natural’, ‘environmentally friendly’, ‘animal friendly’ or similar indications.”
Article 69 of EU BPR states that in addition any information required from CHIP (Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations) or CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures Regulations) the following information must be shown clearly and indelibly on the product label.
Where it would be physically impossible to place all of the required information on the label due to the size or the function of the biocidal product, the information referred to in points (e), (g), (h), (j), (k), (l) and (n) may be indicated on the packaging or on an accompanying leaflet integral to the packaging.
No. The requirements in Article 69 of EU BPR clearly state that the label claims you make must not mislead in respect of the risks of that biocidal product to humans, animals or the environment, and specifically prohibit the use of words such as ‘harmless’ or similar terms.
No. The requirements in Article 69 of the EU BPR clearly state that the label claims you make must not mislead in respect of the risks of that biocidal product to humans, animals or the environment or efficacy, and specifically prohibit the use of words such as natural, environmentally friendly, animal friendly or any similar terms.
The requirements under EU BPR (Article 69) make it clear that the packaging of the product should not give the impression that it contains food, drink or feeding stuff unless the likelihood of such a mistake is minimal. If the product is available to the public it should contains a substance or preparation to discourage its consumption.
The legal text in Article 69 of EU BPR states
“Products which may be mistaken for food, including drink, or feed shall be packaged to minimise the likelihood of such a mistake being made. If they are available to the general public, they shall contain components to discourage their consumption and, in particular, shall not be attractive to children.”