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New Biocidal Products regs: last chance to influence regulatory framework!
At the Steptoe seminar on the new Biocidal Products Regulation, (EU) No 528/2012 (BPR) held two weeks ago, the European Commission confirmed its intention to seek accelerated agreement on a legislative amendment to the BPR. If prompt consensus can be reached with the Council and the European Parliament, the changes will take effect before the new regime becomes applicable on 1st September 2013. As with REACH, the new biocides regime is relevant not only to manufacturers and formulators of biocides, but downstream users as well.
In Steptoe's assessment, although the proposed changes are being presented as clarifications and corrections, in fact they would significantly affect the biocidal supply chain. For example, mandatory sharing would be extended to all data on existing active substances. However, the Commission did express a willingness to accept input on its new proposals during a brief window.
The seminar brought together both regulators and commercial actors at all stages of the supply chain to provide a comprehensive overview of important issues under the BPR.
To learn more about the impact on your business, click www.steptoe.com to view all of the presentations from the event.
Steptoe says it would be happy to discuss any questions regarding issues covered during the seminar, opportunities for advocacy to shape the forthcoming BPR amendments and comments on any particular commercial and regulatory challenges that your business may face as a result of the regulations. For your local office contact information, visit:
4th April 2013