Improved access to information on biocides

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The European Chemicals Agency has been making more information available for biocidal products and active substances in its public database and improving usability.

It is now possible to search in the database by a product’s trade name to find out where in the EU or EEA it is authorised, what its main ingredients are and how to use it safely. It is also possible to compare products to find more environmentally friendly options.

In addition, information on biocidal active substances has improved. Users can better trace where a substance is in the EU approval system, whether it is approved, under evaluation by a Member State, or waiting for an opinion by the Biocidal Products Committee. The database currently includes over 300 active substances used in different product types.

For biocidal products, the following information is available.

  • A map of the countries where the product is authorised.

  • Non-confidential assessment reports by national authorities.

  • Authorisation history for each product.

  • Summaries of product characteristics, containing key product information, including:

    • active substances in the product and their concentrations

    • hazard and precautionary statements

    • the organisms the product is targeted at

    • application methods

    • type of packaging

    • instructions for use.

Last reviewed 6 December 2018

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