Latest biocides news for Northern Ireland - updated 25 November 2021

Date published: 25 November 2021

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The following news story provides information on Biocidal Products Regulation in Northern Ireland

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Reminder – upcoming deadline to tell HSE(GB) where you are located

Action for UK product authorisation holders:

If you hold a biocidal product authorisation that was originally granted under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (EU BPR) and is currently valid in the UK, you must contact HSE(GB) by 31 December 2021 to confirm that you are based in the UK.

If you do not contact HSE(GB) by 31 December 2021, we will contact you to confirm that your authorisation, originally granted under the EU BPR, has been cancelled.

Location requirements for product authorisations in GB:

Under the GB Biocidal Products Regulation (GB BPR), product authorisation holders must be established in the UK. This means that you, or your business, must have a physical presence in GB or NI. This must be:

  • your permanent business location - or
  • the permanent location of the human and technical resources needed to carry out, either in whole or in part, your business operations

Location requirements for product authorisations in NI:

Under the EU BPR, product authorisation holders must be established in the EU. This means that you, or your business, must have a physical presence in the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, or in Northern Ireland. This must be:

  • your permanent business location - or
  • the permanent location of the human and technical resources needed to carry out, either in whole or in part, your business operations

How to tell HSE where you are located:

  1. complete this EU Exit biocides establishment form - HSE(GB) - (.docx format)
  2. email the form to biocidesapplications@hse.gov.uk
  3. provide additional information (outlined in the checklist in Section 3 of the form) using HSE’s Secure File Sharing Service

EU active substance expiry date postponed

Active substance expiry date postponed whilst the renewal evaluation is completed in the EU

For reasons beyond the control of the applicant, the approval of the active substance/product type combination listed below was likely to expire before a decision could be taken on its renewal under the EU BPR.

To allow sufficient time for the renewal evaluation to be completed, a decision has been taken to postpone the expiry of the approval until the following date. This affects NI:

If you want to supply new biocidal products containing this active substance, you can still apply for EU BPR product authorisation.

New products (including new trade names) must not be supplied in NI until product authorisation is granted.

HSE will provide a separate update on the renewal decision when relevant.

Reminder – upcoming EU active substance approval dates

Approval dates for the following EU BPR active substances are coming up:

  • Formaldehyde (CAS 50-00-0 EC 200-001-8) in product types 2 and 3
    1 February 2022
  • sec-butyl 2-(2-hydroxyethyl)piperidine-1- carboxylate/Icaridine (Icaridine) (CAS 119515-38-7 EC 423-210-8) in product type 19
    1 February 2022
  • Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride (CAS 68424-85-1 EC 270-325-2) in product types 3 and 4
    1 November 2022
  • N,N-Didecyl-N,N-dimethylammonium chloride (Didecyldimethylammonium chloride) (CAS 7173-51-5 EC 230-525-2) in product types 3 and 4
    1 November 2022

If you supply biocidal products containing this active substance in the relevant product types, don’t forget to apply for EU BPR product authorisation by the date above to keep them on the NI market.

Reminder – upcoming EU active substance renewal submission deadlines

Apply for active substance renewal by the deadlines to keep products on the NI market.

Under the EU BPR, active substance approvals will expire unless a renewal application is submitted at least 550 days before their expiry date.

The 550-day deadlines are coming up for the following active substance/product type combinations under EU BPR. This affects NI:

  • Hydrochloric acid (CAS n/a EC 231-595-7) in product type 2
    28 October 2022
  • Margosa extract from the kernels of Azadirachata Indica extracted with water and further processed with organic solvents (CAS 84696-25-3 EC 283-644-7) in product type 18
    28 October 2022
  • Undecan-2-one (methyl nonyl ketone) (CAS 112-12-9 EC 203-937-5) in product type 19
    28 October 2022

Any person, company or taskforce/consortium can support an active substance/product type combination for renewal – it doesn’t have to be the original supporter.

If a renewal application is not submitted for the above active substance/product type combinations under EU BPR, the approvals will expire. This means the active substances can no longer be used in biocidal products of the relevant product types in NI.

New additions to Annex I of EU BPR

Apply for product authorisation to access the NI market

Following evaluation under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (EU BPR), a decision has been taken to add the following active substance to Annex I (the list of active substances eligible for simplified product authorisation).

This will affect Northern Ireland (NI):

If you want to supply biocidal products containing this active substance, you can now apply at the following link: 

Products must not be supplied in NI until product authorisation is granted.

Apply for product authorisation to keep your products on the NI market

Following evaluation under EU BPR, a decision has been taken to add the active substances listed below to Annex I.

This will affect Northern Ireland. If you supply biocidal products containing these active substances, you must apply for EU BPR product authorisation by the following dates to keep them on the NI market:

1 July 2022:

1 February 2023:

If you want to supply new biocidal products containing these active substances, you can also now apply for EU BPR product authorisation. New products (including new trade names) must not be supplied in NI until product authorisation is granted.

EU active substance expiry dates postponed

Active substance expiry dates postponed whilst the renewal evaluation is completed in the EU

For reasons beyond the control of the applicants, the approvals of the active substance/product type combinations listed below were likely to expire before a decision could be taken on their renewal under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (EU BPR).

To allow sufficient time for the renewal evaluation to be completed, a decision has been taken to postpone the expiry of the approvals until the following dates. This affects Northern Ireland (NI):

1 October 2022:

28 February 2024:

28 February 2024:

30 June 2024:

31 July 2024:

30 September 2024:

30 November 2024:

31 January 2025:

If you want to supply new biocidal products containing these active substances, you can still apply for EU BPR product authorisation. New products (including new trade names) must not be supplied in NI until product authorisation is granted.

HSE (GB) will provide separate updates on the renewal decisions when relevant.

Are your contact details up to date?

Make sure you are receiving important information about your product authorisations and approvals.

Businesses that hold product authorisations and approvals in Great Britain and Northern Ireland under the GB and EU Biocidal Products Regulations (GB BPR and EU BPR) or the Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR) should make sure HSE (GB) has the right contact details.

If the details they hold are out of date, you may not receive important information about your product authorisation or approval. To update your details please email:

 

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