The new Biocidal Products Regulation (“BPR“, EU Regulation No. 528/2012) has become effective on 1 September 2013. This regulation, which is valid for the whole European Union, regulates “the use of biocides as well as their putting into circulation“. This includes “biocides“ and “articles treated“ with a biocide. Article 58 (BPR) requires the following 2 points.
According to article 9 (2) (BPR) only registered biocidal substances may be used. The biocidal substances belonging to product type (PT) 9, “Protective agents for fibres, leathers, rubber or polymerised materials“, which are used in our products, are currently undergoing an examination programme for existing active substances of the BPR. You will find these substances in the “List of participants and applicants whose dossiers are being examined under Regulation (EC) No. 1451/2007”.
The products and their respective biocidal substances are listed in the table below:
|RUCO®-BAC AGP / AGL||reaction mass of titanium dioxide and silver chloride|
|RUCO®-BAC HSA CONC||dimethyltetradecyl|
|RUCO®-BAC CID NG / CID OF||2-octyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one|
For products containing these biocidal substances the current national legal provisions will be valid until ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) has evaluated them. When these active substances of the product type PT 9 will be evaluated is currently not foreseeable, but is expected to take place in a few years only. Then too, RUDOLF GmbH Geretsried will ensure the conformity of the above-mentioned biocidal substances with the BPR.
As from 1 September 2013, textiles which are finished with a biocide will have to be labelled accordingly. This means that the following information (in the respective language of the country, where the goods are to be sold) will have to be firmly fixed to the goods (e.g. with a RUDOLF label):
Example of a personalized label: