…Updated guidance on disinfection by-products (DBPs)

Draft updates to the guidance on the human health and environmental risk assessment of DBPs are now available. The by-products arise from the use of halogenated disinfectants, so a risk assessment of DBPs should be conducted when trying to authorise such biocides.

European Chemicals Agency (2016). Guidance on the Biocidal Products Regulation. Volume V, Guidance on disinfection by-products. Draft version 1.0 (October 2016).

Human health section: https://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/13643/guidance_dbp_part+1_hh_ca_en.pdf/ada33786-4593-4f05-8cf3-d974a49b0071

Environmental section: https://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/13564/dbp_part2_env_ca_guidance_en.pdf/c412b2e5-1323-42fa-ac6a-a722ed1bd598



…More flexibility for the authorisation of biocidal products

Companies may now obtain national authorisation when a European Union authorisation application already exists for an identical product. The procedure may also be used for a product belonging to a family for which an authorisation (or authorisation application) exists, or for a product family when it is part of a larger product family. The biocides submission tool, R4BP 3, has been updated to support new features allowing such applications to be made, while the summaries of product characteristics (SPC) editor now supports the creation of biocidal product families with sub‑families.

European Chemicals Agency (2016). More flexibility for authorisation of biocidal products. ECHA/NA/16/31. https://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/more-flexibility-for-authorisation-of-biocidal-products New features in biocides IT tools. ECHA/NI/16/45. https://echa.europa.eu/-/new-features-in-biocides-it-tools


…Opinions from BPC on biocidal substances

Opinions adopted by ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) in October 2016 concern the approval or non-approval of:

  • dichlofluanid as product type (PT) 21 (antifouling products)
  • pyrogenic, surface-treated, nanoparticulate, synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide for PT 18 (insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods)
  • kieselguhr as PT 18 (insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods)
  • poly(hexamethylene) biguanide (PHMB) hydrochloride for PT 5 (disinfection of drinking water for both humans and animals)

European Chemicals Agency (2016). Biocidal Products Committee adopts four opinions on active substances. ECHA/NA/16/32. https://echa.europa.eu/view-article/-/journal_content/title/biocidal-products-committee-adopts-four-opinions-on-active-substances

…Consultation on two candidates for substitution

A public consultation has been launched by ECHA, requesting comments on available substitutes or alternatives to α,α’,α’’-trimethyl-1,3,5-triazine-1,3,5(2H,4H,6H)-triethanol (HPT) and 3,3’-methylene-bis[5-methyloxazolidine] (MBO) as potential candidates for substitution. Both are reaction products of paraformaldehyde and 2-hydroxypropylamine. Comments are welcomed by 3 January 2017.

European Chemicals Agency (2016). Public consultation on potential candidates for substitution. http://echa.europa.eu/addressing-chemicals-of-concern/biocidal-products-regulation/public-consultation-on-potential-candidates-for-substitution


The above items were taken from the December 2016 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here)

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