First simplified biocidal product authorisation that is valid throughout EU approved

In its meeting on 23 May, the Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb) approved the first simplified authorisation for a biocidal product family in the Netherlands.  With such a simplified authorisation from the Ctgb in the Netherlands, an authorisation holder is allowed to place their product on the market throughout the European Union. The simplified authorisation is possible for products based on low-risk substances. The active substances in the recently authorised family of biocidal products – lavender oil, peppermint oil and citronellal – are low risk. These biocidal products are granules that are processed into plastics such as electricity cables to protected them against damage by rats or termites.

Simplified procedure

The European biocides regulation went into effect in 2013. Products that have been assessed according to the simplified procedure for low-risk substances can be placed on the entire market in the EU after authorisation in one Member State. Subsequently, a notification of the national competent authority of any Member State by the manufacturer is sufficient. If this competent authority does not agree with the assessment, it must object within 30 days of the notification and may temporarily restrict or prohibit the use of the product in its own country.