Comparative assessment for products containing a candidate for substitution
For those biocidal products containing one or more active substances that are candidates for substitution, Art. 23 of the Biocidal Products Regulation foresees a comparative assessment being performed as part of the evaluation process.
As a result of the comparative assessment, the Commission should prohibit or restrict a biocidal product containing active substances identified as candidates for substitution. This applies when it is demonstrated that other authorised biocidal products (or non-chemical control or prevention methods) that present a significantly lower overall risk for human health, animal health and the environment, are sufficiently effective and present no other significant economic or practical disadvantages. An authorisation for biocidal products containing candidates for substitution can be granted for a maximum period of five years.
Technical guidance on comparative assessment is given in CA document CA-May15-Doc.4.3.a-Final.