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Antimicrobials and their testing

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Project Manager of Biocidal Products, Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing, Vimodrone, Italy

Antimicrobials products used in house care are Biocidal Products (BPs) and their placing on the market is disciplined by a European regulation, namely the Biocidal Product Regulation (EU)528/2012.

Once an active ingredient is approved, all the products containing it need to be authorized. The substances approval has proceeded at a slow pace for about 15 years, but since 2013 there has been significative increase in the number of approvals with the goal to reach the number of 50 approved active substances per year.

The speed up in the approval procedure requires a great attention from the stakeholders interested in placing those BPs on the market. It is important to monitor the Biocidal Products Committee Agenda to check when the active substance of interest will be discussed and to check the ECHA website to monitor the approval date, because it is mandatory to submit a dossier, on the BPs containing it, within that date.

Among the active substances most commonly used for house care disinfection, that will be approved as PT2 (Disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals) and PT4 (Food and feed area) in the next two ...

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