Press Release: April 2013

New EU labelling regulations for goods take effect at the beginning of September. The demand is for greater transparency for consumers. SANITIZED AG provides concrete support.

The mandatory EU labelling requirements, which take effect in fall 2013, increase transparency and address a growing interest among consumers for background information about the products they purchase. At SANITIZED AG, we have gone much further than just examining the legal aspects of the new BPR guidelines. Our marketing experts see an opportunity for customer clarification and thus greater consumer loyalty, and they have developed contemporary and manageable marketing tools. For example, relevant information about a hygiene function is available using a QR code or via the SANITIZED AG website. Customers thus can get additional certainty about their buying decision.

The BPR changes affect new goods, which have been launched on the market in the EU member states. Sanitized® products have always fulfilled point one of these reforms, namely the exclusive use of officially approved substances. The second change concerns the explicit labelling of goods with biocidal features, which must be declared accordingly in the future. SANITIZED AG will provide all of the detailed information its customers and licensees require. Appropriate advertising material, including hangtags, has been specially developed for this purpose.


 SpecialChem: April 2013

A new scientific committee in ECHA has been established to contribute to the availability of safe biocidal products in the European markets. The Biocidal Products Committee will have an important role in the approval of active substances and the authorisation of biocidal products under the Biocidal Products Regulation, which enters into operation on 1 September 2013.

The first meeting of the Biocidal Products Committee from 26 to 27 March 2013 was one of the big milestones in preparation for the new regulation. The committee has started work on the working methods, procedures and priorities for future work.

"ECHA is working hard to be ready to receive industry's dossiers after the regulation has entered into operation on 1 September 2013 The new Biocidal Products Committee will have a crucial role to play and a challenging workload ahead, and based on the discussions during the committee's first meeting, I am convinced of the expertise and commitment of its members," says Geert Dancet, Executive Director for ECHA.

The Biocidal Products Committee gives an opinion on all active substances that will be used in biocidal products. The Committee is expecting to have the first discussions on active substances early next year, when ECHA takes over the review programme of existing active substances from the European Commission. ECHA will forward these opinions to the Commission for its decisions making. After that, companies can choose, for their biocidal products, whether they prefer to apply for an authorisation for all European markets through ECHA or to do it on a national level and subsequent mutual recognition to other countries.

Discussions on product authorizations will therefore start later, as the active substances need to be approved before the product authorisation can start.

Almost all Member States have now appointed a member to the Biocidal Products Committee. Most of the Committee members have been involved in the approval process already under the Biocidal Products Directive, which was the predecessor of the Biocidal Products Regulation. An observer from Croatia also attended, because Croatia is expected to become a European Union member in July. The secretariat for the Biocidal Products Committee is provided by ECHA. ECHA is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the EU's groundbreaking chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness. ECHA helps companies to comply with the legislation, advances the safe use of chemicals, provides information on chemicals and addresses chemicals of concern.


 Chemical Watch: March 2013

The European consumer organisations Beuc and Anec have updated a database of over 140 products on the EU market that claim to contain nano silver particles. The organisations are concerned by the presence of nano silver in consumer products. With the publication of the database, they call on policy makers to implement measures including:

a mandatory reporting scheme and product inventory to improve knowledge of what is on the market; effective risk assessment and management to ensure safety for consumers and the environment; and labelling of products that consumers come into direct and close contact with, such as textiles, cosmetic and personal care products.


 Chemical Watch: April 2013

The Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemi) says attractants and repellents whose active substance consists solely of food or feed do not need to be approved prior to sale or use as biocides in the country.

The exemption comes from the Swedish interpretation of the EU definition of food and feed, taken from Article 6 of Regulation (EC) No 1451/2007. Kemi also believes this interpretation implies that the exemption covers extracts and individual substances which are isolated from food or feed, but in the isolated form in themselves can be food or feed, for example olive oil.

Kemi points out that the exemption only applies in Sweden and that other EU member states may take a different view.


 ECHA: April 2013

To fully support the preparation of applications under the Biocidal Products Regulation, which will enter into operation on 1 September 2013, new dossier types have been created in IUCLID 5.5. They can be used for preparing application for approval of an active substance or for authorisation of a biocidal product under the new Regulation.

The structure of the biocides dossier in IUCLID follows the order in which the information requirements are presented in the Biocidal Products Regulation. This enables the applicants to use the regulation as a guide when preparing their dossier and in this way simplifies their work. Detailed instructions on how to prepare the biocide application dossiers will be made available by ECHA at a later stage.

What is IUCLID 5?

IUCLID 5 is a software application that can be used to store information on chemicals and prepare a dossier that is submitted to authorities to comply with legal requirements. In addition to the REACH Regulation and other international legislations, IUCLID is the software that is used to fulfil the requirements of the Biocidal Products Regulation.