Biocides

This topic area will help you identify biocides and work out whether your products are affected by the laws that govern them.

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):

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:

Biocides in Northern Ireland

New guidance available for accessing the Northern Ireland Biocide market:

The HSE (GB) website has been updated to outline changes to processes and explain how the EU Biocidal Products Regulations (EU BPR) regulations continue to apply in Northern Ireland.

If you wish to make an application for:

  • product authorisation
  • active substance approval
  • inclusion in the EU Article 95 list

Please visit the HSE (GB) website to find out who you need to submit your application to:

Reminder – upcoming EU active substance approval dates

You must apply for product authorisation by the deadlines to keep products on the NI market.

EU Biocidal Products Regulation (EU BPR) active substance approval dates are coming up and more details can be found at the following link:

Product Application Forms

New combined Great Britain (GB) and Northern Ireland (NI) product application forms are now available online.

A single form now allows businesses to submit:

  • a GB only application
  • a NI only application or
  • a joint GB and NI application

For more information on the different product application types please visit the HSE (GB) website at:

Updated BPR Active substance and Authorised products Lists

Information on Active substances and products authorised for the NI market are now available. The HSE (GB) website now provides separate information about active substances and biocidal products for the GB and the NI markets.

For the lastest updates to the BPR Active Substance List for GB and NI, and the UK Authorised Biocidal Products List, please see the following links:

Biocides News

Latest information for businesses regarding Brexit is available at the following link:

HSE will continue to deliver Competent Authority functions for Northern Ireland for biocides following the end of the Transition Period. Businesses wishing to make a biocidal product available on the GB market should submit their applications following the guidance provided on the HSE (GB) website. This guidance can be viewed at the following link:

Businesses who want to make a biocidal product available on the NI market should until further guidance is provided, contact HSE (GB) at the following email address:

Enquiries regarding applications under the Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR): pa.copr@hse.gov.uk

Enquiries regarding applications under the EU Biocides Products Regulations (EU BPR) soon to be GB BPR: pa.biocides@hse.gov.uk

Other Biocides Enquiries: biocidesenquiries@hse.gov.uk

EU public consultation: Derogation to the exclusion criteria - Creosote

Biocidal active substances and products in Northern Ireland are still regulated under the EU Biocides Regulation 528/2012 (EU BPR).

If an active substance meets the exclusion criteria set out in Article 5 (1) of the EU BPR, it normally would not be approved for use in biocidal products in the EU (which includes Northern Ireland but not Great Britain). However, the active substance could receive a derogation under Article 5 (2) of the EU BPR when it is shown that:

  • exposure is negligible;
  • the active substance is essential to prevent a serious danger to human or animal health or the environment; or
  • not approving the substance would have a disproportionate negative impact on society compared to the risks

A derogation would allow the active substance to be approved for use in biocidal products in the EU (including Northern Ireland).

The following active substance / product type combination meets the EU BPR Article 5 (1) exclusion criteria in the EU:

  • Creosote (CAS No. 8001-58-9) for product-type 8 (wood preservatives)

To decide if this active substance approval may be renewed or not in the EU (including Northern Ireland), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a public consultation to collect information on whether the conditions for derogation are satisfied:

This EU consultation runs until 30 March 2021.

Comments should be submitted to ECHA (not HSE) using the following dedicated web form:

Please note this consultation and its outcome are not applicable to the active substance approval (and biocidal products containing it) in Great Britain under the GB Biocidal Products Regulations (GB BPR).

Biocides Stakeholder Event

HSE (GB) and (DEFRA) have hosted virtual stakeholder events covering actions businesses need to take when the UK Transition ends and how the new GB regulatory regime for chemicals may impact their work.

To view the virtual Biocides Stakeholder Event, please see the following Youtube link:

HSE biocides fact sheets

This guidance contains a series of fact sheets for businesses that want to gain, or maintain, access to the GB market after 31 December 2020. Each fact sheet addresses a different scenario and clearly presents what action you need to take, when you need to do it, and the consequences if you don’t. Click on the link below to view:

Keep up-to-date

If you want to keep up-to-date with news in relation to chemicals in the UK or any other subjects, please register on the HSE (GB) website at the following link:

During registration you can select which topics are relevant to you, such as REACH, Chemicals, Biocides, PIC and many others.

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