The transition period allowed for compliance of articles treated with biocides in Article 58 of the European Regulation on Biocidal Products (EU BPR 528/2012) ended March 1, 2017.
The EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR) contains provisions which apply not only to biocidal products, which are classified in 22 product types based on their intended use, but also to all articles which have been treated with or incorporate a biocidal product.
While biocidal products may be placed on the EU market subject to approval and registration, treated articles do not undergo a registration process; however they may only be placed on the EU market if all the biocidal active substances they have been treated with are either approved/included in Annex I of BPR, or are under evaluation in the review programme. Treated articles must carry a label providing information as to the biocidal treatment received. When should a compound containing biocides be considered a treated article rather than a biocidal product? Should all items that have been treated with biocides, at any step of their manufacturing process, be considered to be treated articles?
This article gives some indication on how to distinguish between treated articles, biocidal products and articles which, despite the content of some biocides, do not fall into either of the two categories (read more
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