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Biocides, BPR and Biocidal Product Regulations

It has been more than eight years since the EU biocidal products Regulation (BPR) came into force. In that time, the biocides sector has faced numerous challenges, from adapting to the latest regulatory developments, to meeting the soaring demand for biocides such as hand sanitiser and disinfectants during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ongoing concerns around the risks of biocides products to human health and the environment make biocidal regulation a focus for policymakers. For product safety professionals, it's more critical than ever to keep up to date.
Chemical Watch is committed to keeping you informed. Our award-winning content team track every business-critical development in biocides and the BPR as it happens – see our 
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Illustration BPR updates around the world
David Dillon

David Dillon
Senior Regulatory And Compliance Analyst

David is a senior regulatory and compliance analyst at Chemical Watch, and is our expert on biocides and Brexit. He has a wealth of industry experience and previously worked for the UK Health and Safety Executive for 19 years, where he dealt with UK, European and international chemical control schemes.

Vanessa has covered biocides for Chemical Watch since 2013, following the implementation of the EU biocidal products Regulation (BPR), and other developments in the sector globally. She also leads our coverage on occupational hygiene and has more than a decade of experience reporting on the chemical industry.

Vanessa Zainzinger
Biocides Editor

Vanessa Zainzinger

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Read sample articles from the award-winning Chemical Watch news team for the latest updates in biocides, the BPR and biocidal product regulations

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07 October 2021

Substance redefinitions can delay approvals by years

29 September 2021

Proposed ban on skin sensitisers could affect ‘practically all consumer products’

23 September 2021

Impact assessment open for comments until 19 October

18 October 2021 

Loss of propiconazole would leave no options for protecting wood-based products in construction

In-depth comment & analysis

Soaring use of biocides during the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked calls for a recalibration. Chemical Watch biocides editor, Vanessa Zainzinger, reports

11 May 2021


10 February 2021

Activities that directly relate to identifying and managing the risks of chemicals of concern will be the agency’s top priority for 2021, says executive director Bjorn Hansen

Bjorn Hansen

Understanding the BPR

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Chemical Watch’s annual two-day Biocides Europe conference brings together leading figures from industry, member state competent and regulatory authorities, as well as representatives from the European Commission and Echa.

Join us to watch discussions and presentations on the most recent developments and updates on the assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), efficacy updates, testing and modelling, product authorisation and active substance renewal processes under the biocidal products Regulations (BPR).  


Biocides Europe 2021

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30 NOVEMBER 2021

Understanding Biocides Regulations in the US 



Join us and our expert speakers for the two-day Biocides USA conference. On they first day, hear about the latest developments in the US, covering the EPA’s Covid-19 response efforts and priorities for 2022, EPA efforts to regulate antimicrobial devices, and enforcement updates.

Day two of the conference looks at global developments in biocides regulation covering other parts of America, Asia and Europe, as well as OECD efforts to coordinate governmental pandemic responses.


Biocides USA 2022