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The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has today published Guidance on information requirements for biocides and on active substance suppliers.


Two new guidance documents are applicable from 1 September 2013, the date of entry into operation of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).


The aim of the Guidance on information requirements is to provide detailed and practical direction on the study data and other information that should be submitted, when applying for active substance approval or authorisation of biocidal products according to the BPR.


Some of the major differences from  the previous BPD guidance include harmonisation with guidance from other legal frameworks when applicable (for example, CLP, REACH and the Plant Protection Products Regulation) and a more formalised and systematic approach for accepting adaptations to information requirements, with Member States having to inform and assist applicants with adaptation requests.


The present guidance document only covers the information requirements for chemical active substances and chemical biocidal products (i.e. covering Title 1 of Annex II and III of the BPR). Guidance on information requirements for substances of concern in the biocidal product, Guidance on micro-organisms and Guidance on nanomaterials will be separately available later.


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