20 February 2014

The European Commission has granted the UK an essential use derogation allowing the placing on the market of biocidal products containing copper for Product Types 2 (control of Legionella in water for human use, such as bathing and shower water) and 5 (control of Legionella in drinking water).

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a number of Q&As on the decision of the EC on its website.

The Commission’s decision is available in full in the Official Journal.