How to get a biocidal product on the UK market

If you want to import or make a biocidal product available on the UK market, the product must comply with:

  • GB Biocidal Products Regulation (GB BPR) in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
  • EU Biocidal Products Regulation (EU BPR) in Northern Ireland

There are also general chemical and product safety regulations that apply to biocidal products.

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:

  • manufacturer to distributor
  • distributor to retail store
  • retail store to user

What you need to do

Check your product is regulated as a biocidal product

Confirm that your product:

  • meets the legal definition of a biocidal product
  • is regulated by GB BPR or EU BPR

Check active substance status

The status of the active substance in your product will determine what you need to do to place your product on the market.

Check your active substance supplier

The biocidal product cannot  be made available on the UK market if your active substance supplier is not on the relevant Article 95 list for your product type.

If your supplier is not on the relevant list you will need to either:

  • change to a supplier that is on the list
  • apply to get on the list yourself

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Updated 2021-07-19