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Other laws and regulations in GB

Until a biocidal active substance is approved under the GB Biocidal Products Regulation (GB BPR) some biocidal products in Great Britain (GB) require approval by HSE under the Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR). Other biocidal products may need to comply with other law or schemes that apply in GB.

Similarly, until a biocidal active substance is approved under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (EU BPR) some biocidal products in Northern Ireland (NI) require approval by HSE under the Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR). Other biocidal products may need to comply with other law or schemes that apply in Northern Ireland

HSE approval needed

Products to control:

Products to prevent / remove:

Products to protect wood from:

Products to repel:

These products usually require COPR approval from HSE before they can be advertised, sold, supplied, stored or used in GB. These types of product will continue to be regulated and approved through HSE under COPR until a decision is made on whether to approve the active substance under GB BPR. If the active substance is approved the product will then require authorisation under GB BPR.

HSE approval not needed

Products that disinfect:

Products that preserve:

fluids used for working or cutting metal, glass or other materials

Products that control / prevent:

algae in swimming pools

Products that preserve / control:

slime growth on materials, equipment and structures used in industrial processes, such as on wood and paper pulp, and porous sand strata in oil extraction

Products that attract:

do not require COPR approval from HSE before they can be advertised, sold, supplied, stored or used in GB.

Note: These products will require HSE authorisation under GB BPR once the biocidal active substance is approved under GB BPR.

Other schemes in GB

If your product is a disinfectant it may need to comply with one or more of the following schemes that apply in Great Britain:

These are schemes HSE is aware of and this list is not exhaustive. HSE does not operate these schemes and cannot offer any advice on their requirements.

Note: These products will require HSE authorisation under GB BPR once the biocidal active substance is approved under GB BPR. These products may also need to continue to comply with the requirements of the relevant scheme after the product has a GB BPR authorisation.

General rules to comply with

Biocidal products may be covered by general chemical and product safety law which continues to operate in Great Britain such as:

Specific elements of GB BPR also apply to all biocidal products before (and after) the product is authorised under GB BPR, namely:

Updated 2021-04-26