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Biocides - state of play and challenges ahead
We spoke with Mr Michael Flüh, Head of Unit and Mr Pierre Choraine, Head of Sector from the European Commission's Health and Food Safety (SANTE) Directorate-General, to look at the next milestones for the biocides regulatory framework.
On track: biocides deadlines
| Mr Pierre Choraine. |
New study on fees
| Mr Michael Flüh. |
» Improving the IT tool: The Commission wants ECHA to improve the biocides IT tool R4BP.
"The underlining idea is to give industry and applicants a powerful tool to enable them to fulfil their legal requirements. The users are still encountering problems when making use of R4BP," Mr Flüh says.
» Treated articles: To place articles treated with a biocidal product on the EU market, the active substance needs to be approved or under evaluation. For those active substances that are not yet in the approval process, companies need to submit an application for the active substance by 1 September 2016 to continue to be legally on the market.
"Treated articles (Article 94) are very relevant for the import of articles into the EU. The legislation says that articles can only be treated with substances under assessment in the EU. This is an issue for international trade and we have informed third countries. It will also be an issue for enforcement in the future, and we have to continue making efforts to inform our trading partners," Mr Flüh says.
» Maximum residue limit (MRL): MRL is the highest level of a pesticide residue that is legally accepted by the EU in or on food or feed. The amounts of residue found in food must be safe for consumers and must be as low as possible. Biocides may also end up in the food chain and can present a health risk.
"At the moment, we are still discussing the right approach with the Member States and are proposing to focus on identifying the substances of greatest concern. Afterwards, we need to make sure that the controls really focus on these substances," Mr Choraine explains.
» Rodenticides: Substances used as rodenticides will be reviewed in 2016 under the Review Programme. In 2017, there will be major work on the comparative assessment of all products containing rodenticides.
Text by Julia Sierra
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