11.2.2020

Why ignoring Article 58 of the BPR can be expensive

Importers of products with biocidal components cannot ignore the BPR. After all, anyone who imports “treated articles” into the EU is responsible for the declaration and labeling of the biocidal components, even if he resells the product to a distributor or retailer.

Even an insufficiently large label can prevent an entire container load from being delivered, despite having correct customs documents. The authorities want to demonstrate that the BPR guidelines are being taken seriously.

One of the aims of the regulation is a presentation of the biocides in the end-product that is comprehensible for the end customer. For this reason, the BPR makes very detailed specifications on how products must be labeled. By no means all companies comply with this obligation. The Swedish Chemical Agency found in a survey that 82 % of the treated articles were not labeled as compliant with the BPR. Are all the active ingredients used listed? Is the biocidal property described? Are all the official languages of a country included? Article 58 of the BPR makes very specific provisions on labeling. Manufacturers, importers and distributors cannot avoid having to deal with this for each individual article.

Due to the tight timing of the logistics chain, deliveries may be delayed as a result of reworking the labeling. This can mean loss of orders or massive financial losses.

SANITIZED AG assists its customers and license partners in BPR-compliant labeling with individual support. Here is an example of an English, BPR compliant label.

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