Biocidal Products Regulation

The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) is an EU Regulation (No 528/2012) concerning the placing on the market of biocidal products. Due to the active substance(s) contained within them, biocidal products exert a controlling effect on harmful organisms such as insects, bacteria or algae. Examples include preservatives, disinfectants and rodenticides.

The BPR repeals and replaces the previous Biocidal Products Directive (98/8/EC) (BPD). As a Regulation, rather than a Directive, the BPR is directly acting in the EU Member States, meaning that local legislation does not need to be created to implement it in each Member State. It is also implemented in EEA countries and  Switzerland. The Regulation was written with the aim of remedying a number of weaknesses in the Directive which worked to the detriment of the functioning of the internal EU market for biocidal products.

Like the BPD before it, the BPR legislates first at the active substance level, requiring the approval of active substances supplied for use in biocidal products and establishing a list of both approved substances and approved suppliers of these substances. Suppliers of the biocidal products containing these active substances must then obtain an authorisation to place each product on the market and, unlike the BPD, the regulation allows for authorisations to be granted at a Union-wide, as well as Member State, level.

Also new to the BPR is the governing of ‘treated articles’. This term means substances, mixtures or articles which are protected from the harmful effects of organisms by the treatment with, or incorporation of, a biocidal product. Examples include paints containing an in-can preservative or wood treated to protect it from termites. Due to this provision, the effects of the Biocidal Products Regulation extend well beyond those who supply biocidal products, and many more manufacturers, importers and distributors are brought into scope.

Brexit FAQs

To support companies, REACHReady together with the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) have identified a number of frequently asked questions focussing on REACH, Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) and Biocidal Product (BPR) Regulation. For all Gold subscribers, REACHReady will continue to answer any specific questions you may have on Brexit and chemicals regulation through the helpdesk. 

List of FAQs

If this information raises some immediate questions visit our ’Frequently Asked Questions’ to see if you can find the answers you need, or join REACHReady as a Gold subscriber and get access to our experts through the Helpdesk service. 

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Biocides Frequently Asked Questions

For our Gold Service subscribers, we are available to answer all your REACH, CLP and BPR questions through our REACHReady Helpdesk, manned by our expert staff.



To assist companies with EU and UK REACH, CLP, and BPR compliance, REACHReady offers free and paid individual memberships. Choose the right package for you.

Gold subscribers also get access to comprehensive online resources, but if you’d like to know about more before joining our ‘Basics’ section is a good place to start. This section also looks at how the BPR sits alongside the other legislation supported by REACHReady, namely REACH and CLP.

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