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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.
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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.

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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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Understanding the BPR


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Nearly nine years after the EU biocidal products Regulation (BPR) came into force, the biocides sector is confronting significant challenges, with a new BPR scheme in the UK following Brexit, and the growing need for sustainable alternatives.  

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Biocides Symposium 2022

Data sharing, disputes and appeals: UK REACH and GB Biocidal Products

WEBINAR RECORDING: As the chemical and biocides industries grapple with the new regulatory regimes for the British market, one of the most pressing issues to address is data sharing. The creation of parallel, but entirely independent, legal frameworks for chemicals and...

14 December 2021

21 April 2022

Ruling marks latest step in NGO’s battle to ban the insecticide in pet flea collars

Understanding BPR

21 April 2022

Caribbean countries also propose standard for alcohol-based sanitisers

22 February 2022

Environment ministry says increased consumer information and oversight will improve safety

02 March 2022

Allows extra time for legal consistency between REACH and BPR

23 March 2022

Trade survey highlights persistent frustration with law’s unpredictability