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New tools available to estimate environmental emissions of biocides


Easy-to-use calculation sheets are available for 10 biocidal product-types to help estimate the release of substances from the products to the environment. Sheets for other product-types will follow in the course of 2016.

Helsinki, 4 March 2016 – The tools should be used in combination with the emission scenario documents for biocides.

The calculation sheets are currently available for the following product-types (PTs):

  • Disinfectants: Human hygiene (PT 1); Disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals (PT 2); Food and feed area (pt 4); Drinking water (PT 5)
  • Preservatives: Fibre, leather, rubber and polymerised materials preservatives (for textiles) (PT 9)
  • Pest control: Rodenticides (PT 14); Avicides (PT 15); Insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods (for textiles) (PT 18); Repellents and attractants (PT 19)
  • Other biocidal products: Embalming and taxidermist fluids (PT 22)

The files can be downloaded in Excel format on ECHA's website, under "Emission scenario documents".

With the calculation tools, ECHA aims to facilitate and harmonise the way emission estimation for the environment is carried out by industry and Member States for biocides. The tools are also helpful for other biocides tasks, for example, the approval of active substances.

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