H2O2 decontamination - is your system still legal?

As of 1 February 2017, the second phase of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) has come into force for hydrogen peroxide. This could mean that the system you currently use may be illegal.

As per this legislation, once an ‘Active’ has been authorised, manufacturers of biocidal products/systems using or containing that ‘Active’ are required to submit a technical dossier to a European Competent Authority (CA). In the case of hydrogen peroxide, the deadline for technical dossier submission was 1 February 2017. This means that if a biocidal product/system manufacturer which uses hydrogen peroxide has not already submitted a dossier, it is considered an unauthorised biocidal product/system and it is illegal to market.

The Health and Safety Executive has stated: “If no application for product authorisation in the UK is made by 1 February 2017 for a biocidal product containing this active substance [hydrogen peroxide], the biocidal product shall no longer be made available on the UK market after 31 July 2017. If the biocidal product has approval under the UK Control of Pesticides Regulations (COPR) its approval will be revoked.”

For more information on the BPR, please visit the website, or call to speak to an adviser.

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