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Biocidal Products Committee adopts 17 opinions


The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) has adopted opinions supporting the approval of six active substances for use in biocidal products used as disinfectants and preservatives.

Helsinki, 19 December 2016 – During its 18th meeting, the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) adopted opinions for the following active substances:

  • Peracetic acid generated from tetra-acetylethylenediamine (TAED) and sodium percarbonate for product-types 2, 3 and 4;
  • Active chlorine released from sodium hypochlorite for product-types 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5;
  • Active chlorine released from calcium hypochlorite for product-types 2, 3, 4 and 5;
  • Active chlorine released from chlorine for product-types 2 and 5;
  • MIT for product-type 11; and
  • OIT for product-type 8.

The committee concluded that these substances may be approved in the relevant product-types.

The adopted opinions will support the European Commission and the Member States in deciding on the approval of those active substances.

The approval of an active substance is granted for a defined number of years, not exceeding 10 years.

One opinion for non-approval was adopted for the active substance MBIT for product-type 13. MBIT is a new active substance intended to be used as a working or cutting fluid preservative. The reason for the non-approval is that there are unacceptable risks identified for groundwater for several metabolites of MBIT.

In 2016, the BPC adopted 53 opinions: 45 on active substance approval and 8 on the renewal of active substance approval. In 2015, the BPC adopted 49 opinions on active substance approval.

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