Seven years after the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) came into force, every EU country must for the first time submit a report on compliance with the guidelines in 2020. This will bring new attention to the BPR and probably increased controls. All the more reason for manufacturers of textiles and plastic products and definitely for importers to deal with the pitfalls of the regulation.
Equipped products are also subject to mandatory labeling.
It is not uncommon even today for people to be unaware that it is not only the biocidal products themselves, such as anti-mosquito spray, that are subject to compulsory registration and labeling. This was the case in the previous directive, the BPD. The currently valid BPR, on the other hand, stipulates that articles that have been treated with biocidal products, such as socks with anti-odor technology, door handles treated to prevent bacterial colonization, or tents that are treated to prevent the formation of mildew, must also be labeled. They are referred to in the BPR as “treated articles”.
Watch out for the gray area!
What seems logical at first glance can be interpreted differently in practice. A survey by the Swedish Chemical Agency (KEMI) of 10 EU member states showed that there is a wide gray area. Nine of the ten EU countries surveyed agreed on only one of the products as to whether it should be classified as a biocidal product or as a treated article.
The BPR guide compiled by SANITZED AG provides a comprehensive and easy-to-follow overview of all relevant aspects.