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Helsinki, 14 April 2014 – The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) met for the fifth time from 8 to 10 April 2014. The first three opinions adopted were in relation to industry applications to approve active substances for use in biocidal products – one used as a wood preservative, an insecticide and an antifouling product. The Committee also adopted two opinions in relation to questions from the Commission, one on a polymeric binder to be used in paints and one on a silver based nanomaterial used in the treatment of textiles. The BPC opinions on active substance approvals will be sent to the European Commission to take a final decision in relation to the applications for approval.
Permethrin for PT 8 and 18
Permethrin is an active substance evaluated in product-type (PT) 8, wood preservatives and PT 18, insecticides, acaracides and products to control other arthropods. As a wood preservative, permethrin is intended to be applied to preserve wood for preventive and curative treatment of for example fences, roadside noise barriers and electricity transmission posts. Permethrin is also used as an insecticide, for indoor use by spot treatment in cracks and crevices by professionals or non-professionals and for the treatment of textile fibres to be used for example in the manufacture of carpets.
The evaluating competent authority of the active substance application is Ireland.
Tralopyril for PT 21
Tralopyril is a new active substance evaluated in PT 21, antifouling products. Products containing tralopyril are intended for professional use on ships to control a range of animal and algal fouling organisms.
The evaluating competent authority of the active substance application is the United Kingdom.
Specific requests from the Commission
A company has proposed to place a polymeric binder material on the market for use in paints to confer anti-microbial properties to painted surfaces. In relation to this the European Commission has requested the Agency for an opinion on whether the polymeric material contributes to the biocidal properties of paints, contains a biocidal active substance and if so, what is the identity of that active substance? The BPC concluded in its opinion that the polymeric material contributes to the biocidal properties of antimicrobial paints, the polymeric binder is a biocidal active substance and has clarified its identity.
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