The Biocidal Products Regulation (EU Regulation 528/2012) (BPR) came into effect on 1 September 2013. As a regulation the BPR applies across all EU Member States without the need for national implementing legislation.

The existing EU Biocidal Products Regulation (EU BPR) has been copied into GB law and amended to enable it to operate effectively in GB. This means that most aspects of EU BPR will continue in the same way under the new stand-alone regime — the GB Biocidal Products Regulation (GB BPR) came into force at 11pm on 31 December 2020.

Biocides control harmful or unwanted organisms through chemical or biological means. Examples include disinfectants, wood preservatives and insect repellents.

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