Brussels -- The Permanent Representatives Committee today approved a compromise agreed with the European Parliament on a draft regulation amending the biocides regulation 528/2012/EU. It herewith endorsed a compromise reached between the Lithuanian presidency and representatives of the European Parliament and the Commission on 2 December.
Biocides are chemicals used to suppress organisms that are harmful to human or animalhealth, or that cause damage to natural or manufactured materials. Examples of biocidal products are insect repellents, disinfectants and industrial chemicals such as anti-fouling paints for ships and material preservatives. The objective of the existing regulation is to improve the functioning of the internal market in biocidal products whilst ensuring a high level of environmental and human health protection. The new regulation aims at remedying problems related to provisions of the above-mentioned biocides regulation which has been in force since 1 September 2013. In particular, it removes un-intended market barriers for suppliers of new articles treated with biocidal products and for a large number of suppliers of biocidal active substances.
In order to enter into force, the draft regulation still needs to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council.