How to meet European Regulations?
Today, the increased awareness of the potential toxic hazard of chemicals, and the evolution of the European legislations towards very high standards of human, and environment protection, conducted to the implementation of more restrictive regulations for the control of chemicals. Nowadays 2 main piece of legislation have been adopted by the European Union:
- REACH regulation: stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It entered into force on 1 June 2007. Its objective is to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.
- CLP Regulation: stands for Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation. It entered into force in January 2009. It introduces a method of classifying and labelling based on the United Nations' Globally Harmonised System (GHS).
Biocidal products are subject to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) that was adopted in May 2012.
Although the new European regulations have changed the industry standard for active agents, the ability of fungal and algal to grow on both exterior and interior coatings makes the use of biocidal additives necessary. Several biocide active agents exist but only a small number of them respond totally to European regulations, industry needs, environmental and consumer demands.
Such demands represent a significant challenge for biocides manufacturers but it is possible to meet these requirements in terms of performance and safety.