A new European Union regulation on biocidal products like pest and insect repellants is designed to increase safety and simplify the authorisation procedure for biocides available on the market.
The simplified regulation and its procedures, which take effect September 1, 2013, are expected to save the industry an estimated € 2.7 billion over the next decade.
Biocides are often used in disinfectants and industrial chemicals like anti-fouling paints for ships and material preservatives.
The new provisions reduce animal testing by making data sharing compulsory and encouraging a more flexible approach to testing.
A dedicated IT platform (the Register for Biocidal Products) currently used for submitting applications and recording decisions, will now also be used for disseminating information to the public.
The new Regulation was also the first piece of legislation to integrate the new Commission definition on nanomaterials.
The new Regulation on Biocidal products (EU) No 528/2012 was adopted on 22 May 2012, and applies from 1st September 2013. It repeals and replaces the former Directive.