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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.

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Updated 2020-06-02