Feedback from Lunch Meetings “Use of Biocidal products (treated articles)”

On 15 May, around twenty participants were present at the information sessions (in German) on the use of biocidal products (e.g. insecticides, fungicides, disinfectants, etc.) with a focus on treated articles (e.g. treated wood, paints, etc.), organised by the REACH&CLP Helpdesk Luxembourg in cooperation with the Chamber of Crafts and the EEN (European Enterprise Network). The presentation is now available and can be downloaded on our website in the section “Events”.

Context: Many companies put on the market or use biocidal products in the form of mixtures (e.g. insecticides, disinfectants...) or treated articles (e.g. treated wood, paints...). Any biocidal product with a marketing authorisation is required to be labelled so that the user is fully aware of the risk (for human and animal health and the environment) and the required measures for a safe use of these products.

The Biocidal Product Regulation requires that articles can only be treated with biocidal products containing active substances approved in the EU. This is a change to the previous regime where articles imported from third countries could be treated with substances not approved in the EU – such as, sofas and shoes containing dimethylfumarate (DMF).