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HSC Consults on proposals for amended biocidal products regulations

HSE InfoLine : 17 March, 2006  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Commission today published a consultative document seeking comments on proposals for the Biocidal Products (Amendment) Regulations 2006. Biocidal products are used in a variety of industries to control unwanted organisms, such as animals, insects, bacteria, viruses and fungi. They are intended to kill or otherwise exert a controlling effect by chemical or biological means.
The Health and Safety Commission today published a consultative document seeking comments on proposals for the Biocidal Products (Amendment) Regulations 2006.

Biocidal products are used in a variety of industries to control unwanted organisms, such as animals, insects, bacteria, viruses and fungi. They are intended to kill or otherwise exert a controlling effect by chemical or biological means.

The proposed regulations will amend the Biocidal Products Regulations 2001. These put into place procedures to allow applications to be made for use of an active substance in a biocidal product and for the authorisation for marketing and use of such biocidal products.

These amendments are required for two reasons. Firstly, to take account of requests from the European Commission for some changes to ensure that we have fully implemented the Biocidal Products Directive 98/8EC. Secondly, to take account of a series of EC Regulations that will govern the review of active substances already on the European market.

'The proposed amendments will not alter the way in which the system, established by the 2001 Regulations, operates. The HSE believes the costs for duty-holders and HSE arising from the amendments are negligible,' says Garry Wiles of the HSE's Biocides and Veterinary Unit.

Further details of the changes can be found in the Consultation Document and the draft regulations at www.hse.gov.uk/consult/live.htm. The consultation period will last for 12 weeks and comments on the proposals should be sent by email to biocides.consultation@hse.gsi.gov.uk or by post to Naseem Walji, Health and Safety Executive, 9SW Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London, SE1 9HS no later than 9 June 2006.
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