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UK manufacture of hand sanitiser products: current arrangements for Article 95 compliance to end
In response to the pandemic, the Health & Safety Executive took steps to assist industry's efforts to increase the availability of hand sanitisers to help reduce the spread/transmission of Covid-19.
One, was adopting a pragmatic and proportionate approach to the requirement for all biocidal products supplied in the UK to contain active substances sourced from suppliers on the Article 95 list. This is now to end.
Information gathered from a range of stakeholders, says the HSE, suggests that manufacturers are no longer experiencing difficulties in sourcing their active substance from an Article 95 supplier and that it is for this reason that the arrangement is to be discontinued.
Businesses wishing to supply hand sanitiser products must in future ensure that their active substance is sourced from a supplier on:
* the GB Article 95 List, in Great Britain
* the EU Article 95 List, in Northern Ireland
Alternatively, businesses may apply to get on the relevant Article 95 list themselves:
* apply to get on the GB Article 95 List
* apply to get on the EU Article 95 List
Article 95 of the BPR aims to create a level playing field across industry by ensuring that all suppliers of biocidal products have paid a share of the cost of supporting the active substance dossier through an evaluation process.
The BPR requires either the supplier of the active substance used in a biocidal product, or the supplier of that biocidal product, to be included on the Article 95 list for the relevant active substance / product type combination.
This requirement applies to all biocidal products made available on the UK market, including:
* products authorised under the BPR
* products in the process of getting a BPR authorisation
* products regulated under other national legislation in the UK, such as the Control of Pesticides Regulations
* products where the active substance / product type combination is still being reviewed e.g. ethanol
8th December 2022