Biocides control harmful or unwanted organisms through chemical or biological means. Specific terminology and definitions related to biocides vary around the world. For example, in the U.S., biocides are known as antimicrobial pesticides. Furthermore, the term biocide can describe both an active substance and the specific product containing the active substance. Examples of biocidal products include disinfectants, wood preservatives and pest control products.
In the EU and EEA, ECHA regulates biocides mainly through the Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR), although other regulations can apply in certain circumstances. In the U.S., the EPA regulates biocides, like pesticides, under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Other countries around the world have their own specific schemes. For example, South Korea has adopted K-BPR; a scheme that is very closely based on the EU-BPR.
Covance understands the importance of proactively managing your biocidal active ingredients and products through regulatory hurdles. Optimizing your access across markets in a streamlined, cost-effective and timely manner is essential.
Partner with us to obtain a solution matched to your specific requirements. With a dedicated biocides team sitting within our wider regulatory group, we can leverage our broad and deep insight and practical experience to support you. Our regulatory scientists can leverage their expertise gained through working in the complex EU/EEA regulatory environment, to help you navigate biocide regulations.
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