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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

MEPs review biocidal products directive

MEPs Jean Gaubert (PS) and Robert Lecour (UMP) presented a report on 5 May 2010 on the proposed European Commission regulation on biocidal products. Introduced by Brussels in 2009, the Directive aims to review the procedures for placing a biocidal product on the market.The two MEPs give a mixed response to this new European bill that is currently before both the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. In comparison with previous legislation from 1998, they admit that the future regulations include “several improvements”, in particular, better harmonization, note the authors. Because the bill has changed from a Directive to a Regulation, it will be applied directly by Member States rather than being transposed nationally, as was the case with the 1998 Directive. In addition, the MEPs note with satisfaction that the ban on unauthorized biocidal products covers not only their use in Europe, but also articles imported from outside the EU that have been treated with a biocidal product. Under current legislation, it is possible for articles imported from outside the EU to have been treated with biocidal products that are banned in Europe. The authors of the report also approve of the exclusion of certain, especially dangerous, substances, as well as the introduction of the principle of substitution for authorized substances that still give rise to concern.However, Messrs Gaubert and Lecour take a more critical position on the costs involved in the new European regulations if the bill is adopted in its current state. “When you look at the practical implications, while recognizing the need to protect human health and the environment, you realize that the conditions will lead to unacceptably high costs for SMEs,” remarked Jean Gaubert, before the Commission of European Affairs.

Source: Euractiv