EUSES tool updated to further help companies assess biocides

9 October 2019

Version 2.2.0 of the European Union System for the Evaluation of Substances (EUSES) has been released that will help companies and authorities assess the environmental impact of biocidal active substances.

The newly-released version of the tool, which had previously not been maintained since 2012, aims to address the immediate needs of companies and authorities performing environmental risk assessment for biocides. New and updated emission scenarios developed since 2012 for biocides have been added.

EUSES users in industry and Member States can assess active substances in 18 biocidal product-types. For two product-types — veterinary hygiene and insecticides — missing emission scenarios will be made available as separate tools on ECHA’s website. The emission pathway of direct release to the environment has been included in EUSES throughout all the assessment steps.

A new version of the SimpleTreat model, which assesses the fate and distribution of a substance in a sewage treatment plant, has also been added.

Meanwhile, the Health and Safety Executive has said that in the event of a no-deal Brexit the UK would establish an independent standalone biocidal products regime.

“The UK would put in place a stable regulatory framework for biocidal products from the point of exit, by retaining the BPR and its subsidiary regulations in national law using the provisions of the EU Withdrawal Act. At the time of exit, the national regime would be essentially the same as the current EU framework, with changes made only where they are required to enable the regime to operate effectively in a national context.

“This would ensure continued levels of protection for human health and the environment and give certainty to UK businesses putting biocidal products on the market”, it said.