This press release is brought to you by the ECHA.

The new version of IUCLID 5 has been released. Applicants who are getting ready for the new Biocidal Products Regulation, entering into operation on 1 September 2013, can now start to organise their data in the IUCLID format.

To fully support the preparation of applications under the Biocidal Products Regulation, which will enter into operation on 1 September 2013, new dossier types have been created in IUCLID 5.5. They can be used for preparing application for approval of an active substance or for authorisation of a biocidal product under the new Regulation.

As with previous IUCLID releases, IUCLID 5.5 accepts all files created by previous IUCLID versions. The compatibility with IUCLID 5.4 has been extended for the IUCLID files prepared for REACH purposes: REACH dossiers and datasets prepared in the new version of IUCLID can still be imported to and modified in IUCLID 5.4. This means that companies who are already preparing their REACH dossier for the upcoming registration deadline can continue working with IUCLID 5.4 and only update to the new version when it is most convenient for them. Those who wish to work on biocides dossier can do so right after they have updated to IUCLID 5.5.

IUCLID 5 is a software application that can be used to store information on chemicals and prepare a dossier that is submitted to authorities to comply with legal requirements. In addition to the REACH Regulation and other international legislations, IUCLID is the software that is used to fulfil the requirements of the Biocidal Products Regulation.

For more information and the full press release please refer to the link above.