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General industry charge

Changes due to Brexit

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This page provides details about the General Industry Charge, which is no longer payable. It does not provide information on fees charged for product authorisation or active substance approval applications.

The EU Biocides Regulation requires Member States to recover the costs they incur in operating the biocides system. In the UK, HSE charges fees for the processing of product authorisation and active substance approval.

Where the cost of a piece of work could not be attributed to specific applications this was previously recovered via an annual UK General Industry Charge (GIC).

However, HSE later decided to withdraw the GIC and following the necessary regulatory changes, from 2015 onwards the GIC stopped being payable and companies did not have to notify their liability to pay it.

Updated 2015-12-17