The European Commission has committed to a more vigorous implementation of the European Union’s (EU) biocidal products regulation (No. 528/2012), and is encouraging EU member states follow suit.
In a report on the sustainable use of biocides, the Commission stresses that they are 'essential for public health to help control food-borne diseases (such as salmonellosis, listeriosis) or hospital-acquired infections (such as MRSA)'.
Within the report, the Commission said it planned to 'focus and strengthen efforts on the review programme of existing active substances', to meet the regulation’s 2024 deadline. This would be 'the first and main priority', it said.
The Commission also pledged to ensure that once active substances are approved, 'product authorisations are granted, amended or cancelled within three years'.
Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle