How does the EU directive on biocides work?

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Question: How does the EU directive on biocides work?

The EU Biocide Products Directive 98/8/EC (known as the BPD) was issued in February 1998 and was to be implemented in all member states by 13 May 2000. In many ways, the BPD is a precursor to the proposed REACh regulation, which will require the registration of all existing chemical substances in the EU. Similarly to the REACh, the purpose of the directive is harmonize EU legislation on biocides while simultaneously placing stronger controls on these products in order to minimize negative impacts on human health and the environment. To that end, the BPD requires the registration of all biocidal products by individual manufacturer or importer. In order to achieve this goal, the BPD created several reviewing programs, which are outlined in the regulations amending the directive. These reviewing programs have resulted in several annexes of permitted and excluded active ingredients in biocides.

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