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The Biocidal Product Directive 98/8/EC (BPD) aims to harmonise the European market for biocidal products and their active substances. At the same time it aims to provide a high level of protection for humans, animals and the environment. The scope of the directive is very wide, covering 23 different product types. These include disinfectants used in different areas, chemicals used for preservation of products and materials, non-agricultural pesticides and anti-fouling products used on hulls of vessels.
The directive does not apply to certain product types already covered by other community legislation, such as plant protection products, medicines, and cosmetics.
With regards to biocidal applications of peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide, Evonik Degussa GmbH has been actively pursuing already the registration of these substances according to the BPD over the last couple of years. This process for peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide for biocidal applications is not yet completed. Once these substances and their biocidal uses are listed in Annex I of the BPD, producers and formulators responsible for the placing of the market of biocidal products must apply for authorisation.
Annex I listed substances are considered to be already registered under REACH. Therefore, it is not necessary after successful completion of the BPD process to again register biocidal applications under REACH.