COPR product types
Changes due to Brexit
Your health and safety responsibilities will not change when the UK leaves the EU. This guidance is under review.
Non-agricultural pesticides currently approved by the Health and Safety Executive under the Control of pesticides Regulations current national regulatory scheme are:
- Products used for the control of algae and blanket weed in ponds and lakes (including home garden/ornamental).
*For non-plant protection purposes only.
- Antifouling products
- Products applied to the hulls of boats and ships, oilrigs, fishnets, fish farming equipment and other man made structures. Used to prevent the growth of algae, seaweed, mussels and barnacles.
- Avicides/Bird stupefying agents
- Products used for the control of nuisance/pest bird such as feral pigeons and starlings.
- Biocidal paints
- Products painted onto internal surfaces such as ceilings and walls to prevent growth of fungi, mould and algae.
- Insect repellents
- Products used to repel biting and stinging insect pests, such as mosquitoes, gnats, wasps or nuisance flying insects such as midges, by making a particular site or food source unattractive.
- Insect repellents applied to animals
- Products applied directly to animals to repel nuisance insects (NB insect repellents for use on human skin are not within the scope of COpR).
- Products used for the control of insects and arthropods, which are either a public health concern (eg cockroaches) or a nuisance (eg ants).
- Products used for the control of slugs and snails.
- Products used for the control of rats and mice.
- Surface biocides
- Products used to remove or prevent undesirable growth such as lichen, mould or mildew on external and internal surfaces. They are applied to masonry, brickwork, tiles etc.
- Vertebrate repellents
- Products used to repel vertebrates such as cats and dogs from fouling in and around domestic gardens.
- Wood preservatives
- Products which penetrate into wood in order to protect the wood from natural predators such as beetles, and wet and dry rot.
- Wood treatments
- Products painted onto the surface of wood in order to protect it against surface staining or fungi.
There maybe other product types covered by COPR but there are currently no products approved for those uses. For more information about the scope of COPR please see our Law webpage. If you are still unsure if your product is within the scope of COPR please contact us.