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A biocidal product's first steps: Check your active substance

Action for biocidal product formulators, suppliers, and distributors

If you want to import or make a biocidal product available on the market in Great Britain (GB), the first thing you need to do is check the status and applicable regulatory process of your active substance for the relevant product type(s) under the GB Biocidal Products Regulation (GB BPR). You can do this by checking the GB List of Active Substances.

Making available on the market means any supply of a biocidal product, whether in return for payment or free of charge, at all stages of the supply chain. Some examples of this could include:

For some biocidal products there may be multiple steps in the supply chain – if you only sell or distribute another company's biocidal products, you should check with your supplier whether their products comply with the GB legal requirements.

If you manufacture or market your own biocidal products, or import biocidal products, you will need to check the status of the active substance in your product. If your product contains more than one active substance you will need to determine the status of each substance and regularly check the status of your active substance on the GB List of Active Substances.

Checking the status

To check the status of the active substance(s) in your product you should view the GB List of Active Substances.

Information on how to search the table is included on the webpage and in the 'Guidance' tab of the downloadable Excel spreadsheet.

You can find the status of an active substance in the 'Approval/assessment status' column.

You can find the regulatory process applicable to an active substance (eg new active substance, Review Programme for existing active substances) in the 'Regulatory Process' column.

The definition of each status is included on the webpage and in the 'Definitions' tab.

Please note the information in the table is presented for information purposes only and may not be entirely accurate, for example due to time-lags.

Next steps

'Approved' or 'Approved - under renewal'

If the date of approval has already passed for all the active substances in the relevant product type, under any regulatory process, you will need to:

If the date of approval is in the future for one or more of the active substances in the relevant product type you should check the regulatory process:

If one or more of the active substances in the relevant product type is an Article 93 active substance and your product was not in scope of previous biocides legislation you:

Find out more about in situ generation and the actions you need to take.

'Not approved'

During the phase-out periods, your biocidal product must still comply with:

'Expired'

'Under review'

Under assessment

Find out more about in situ generation and the actions you need to take.

'Application withdrawn'

'Open Invitation or Notified'

'No longer supported'

During the phase-out periods, your biocidal product must still comply with:

'Not listed'

If the active substance in your product isn't on the list, you:

Updated 2021-04-26