Consultation on options for charging the General Industry Charge (GIC) to enable the Health and Safety Executive to recover
costs of activities under the Biocidal Products Regulations 2000
Consultation period expired 31 August 2000
INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
- The purpose of this paper is to consult stakeholders on the options
for charging a General Industry Charge (GIC) under the biocides regime.
The GIC is the mechanism by which we are proposing to recover the costs
of certain functions which fall to HSE under the BPD and which cannot
be recovered by fixed fees. This paper also addresses the need for a Biocides
Charging Review Group.
- Article 25 of the Biocidal Products Directive (98/8/EC) requires Member
States to establish systems for recovering costs from those placing or
seeking to place biocidal products on the market, or supporting entries
onto Annex I, IA or IB. These charges will correspond as far as possible
to the costs incurred in carrying out all the different procedures associated
with the provisions of the Directive.
- Under this article charges can be split into two broad areas:
- those clearly associated with a specific piece of work for a clearly
identified customer. In the UK this type of work will be charged to
the relevant person by fees, which relate to the amount of work involved
in assessing each application. Fees are already provided for in BPR.
This document does not address any issues associated with the charging
of fees; and
- those where there is no clearly identified customer.
- In carrying out some of the procedures associated with the provisions
of the Directive the Member State will incur general costs which cannot
be attributed to an individual or company. A good example of this type
of work is the costs associated with monitoring for health and environmental
- For work of this type a charge needs to be levied across all companies
supplying biocidal products onto the UK market. Ministers have decided
that these costs should be recovered by means of a GIC. Ministers have
also agreed that these charges will commence on 1 April 2001, corresponding
with the first full financial year of operation under the new biocides
regime. This also aims to give industry time to prepare and for key underpinning
aspects of the BPD, such as scope and data requirements, to have been
- We are therefore consulting stakeholders on the options for the equitable
and efficient implementation of this charge. We are not consulting about
what costs are included within the GIC.