Biocidal products are controlled under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). The BPR concerns the placing on the market and the use of Biocidal products which are used to protect humans, animals, and materials against harmful organisms like pests or bacteria.
The EU Biocidal Products Regulation covers any biocide which is marketed in Europe. On January 1st 2021, Great Britain (GB) launched a stand-alone regulatory regime overseeing the placing of biocidal products on the GB market (England, Scotland and Wales). This includes products such as disinfectants and preservatives. Both regulations are designed to ensure a high level of protection for the environment, humans, and animals by making sure that recognised standards are met. The regulation sets out rules for approving active substances in biocidal products and authorising the supply and use of biocidal products.