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COPR approval: How to apply

Approval is required for products within the scope of the Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR) where:

Find out if your product is eligible for GB COPR approval by checking the status of your active substance(s) in GB.

If you need help determining if your product is eligible for NI COPR approval, please contact us.

Applications to amend existing COPR products can be made in the run-up to the relevant active substance BPR approval date:

The latest deadline to submit COPR amendment applications to HSE is 3 months before:

Amendment applications submitted after these deadlines will not be accepted.

Find out more about managing the transfer of your existing GB product from COPR to GB BPR.

If you have any questions about managing the transfer of your existing NI product from COPR to EU BPR, please contact us.

See the COPR approval page to find out more about the different routes to COPR approval and the types of amendments to existing approvals that can be applied for.

Once approved,the biocidal product can be made available on the GB and / or NI market, in-line with the conditions of the approval. 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:

The conditions of approval must be complied with at each step in the supply chain and the approval holder is normally the company at the top of the supply chain. If the product is changed in any way at a step in the supply chain this may not be covered by the approval – eg if you want to supply a product to several different companies to be marketed under several different names, you will need a separate approval for each trade name / marketing company even if the product formulation is identical.

Enforcement action may be taken where a product is supplied that does not meet the conditions of approval.

How to apply

The prospective approval holder or company acting on their behalf must submit, in English, a completed application form to [email protected] – companies may wish to mark emails as appropriate eg confidential. Please note that your application form may be returned if it is incomplete.

Only the application form should be submitted by email. All other relevant documentation / data must be submitted via the HSE Secure File Sharing Service, which may include:

Using the HSE Secure File Sharing Service

Things to note

What HSE will do

After receiving your application HSE will:

You may be asked to provide further information at various stages of the process. When such requests are made, the indicative timeframe given above will be suspended. Please note if the information you provide is not satisfactory, or you fail to provide the information within the specified deadline, your application may be rejected.

What you should do

You should:

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