Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR)
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The Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR) is a UK national scheme, covering products which contain active substances that are not yet regulated under the BPR. This includes products such as wood preservatives, insecticides for public hygiene use, rodenticides and insect repellents, including those applied to animals. A full list of product types is available.
Under COPR, biocides are generally known as ‘non-agricultural pesticides’, which is why you might see this term used in this section of the site, but ‘biocides’ used elsewhere.
As the regulatory authority for biocides HSE is responsible for administering the COPR regulatory scheme in relation to non-agricultural pesticides. In the UK, before a non-agricultural pesticide can be advertised, sold, supplied, stored or used, it has to be approved under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 (COPR) (as amended 1997). Products controlled under COPR are gradually moving over to be regulated under the BPR, with COPR eventually becoming redundant.
COPR is enforced by both HSE and local authority inspectors and trading standards officers.
This section of the site provides information on:
- Background to the COPR approval system
- COPR Application process – how to apply for an approval under COPR.
- COPR application process flow chart – a schematic overview with timescales.
- Fees/charges – what HSE charges for applications (i.e. the processing route it will take) and annual levy fees.
- Approved Products – lists products approved with HSE.
- COPR Research – information on restrictions relating to research conducted by stakeholders under COPR and information on research conducted by HSE.
- Expiry dates – information about the impact of the new EU Biocides Regulation (EC 528/2012) and Regulation (EU) No 736/2013 to extend the biocide active substance review programme.
- Transfer of COPR approvals - information about how the transitional provisions in Article 89 of the EU Biocides Regulation (EU BPR) will apply to COPR products once an active substance is approved under EU BPR