Insect repellents are one example of a biocidal product. Photo: Istockphoto

Biocidal products in Norway

Biocidal products are used to control harmful organisms.

Many of these products are hazardous to human health and the environment. 

The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012) introduces harmonised rules for authorisation of active substances and biocidal products on the EU/EEA market.

The BPR is fully implemented in Norwegian law through the Norwegian Biocides Regulation. This means that all the general rules and requirements laid down in the BPR apply also in Norway. The information which can be found by browsing the themes in the left menu mainly concerns national requirements that apply especially to biocidal products marketed in Norway, e.g. in the transitional phase prior to product authorisation and national restrictions for certain product types. However, some main principles of the BPR are listed here:

  • The BPR covers 22 biocidal product types, divided into four main groups: disinfectants, preservatives, pest control products and other biocidal products. All the product types are listed in Annex V of the BPR.
  • In-situ generated biocides are also covered by the scope of the BPR.
  • Active substances must be evaluated and approved on EU/EEA level, based on dossiers prepared by the industry with sufficient data on the substances and their use areas (product types). A review programme has been established based on the industry's notifications, with a list of active substances to be evaluated in different product types (see Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 1062/2014). 
  • Biocidal products whose active substances are approved for the relevant product type, must be authorised for use in the country they are to be marketed in. Several forms of product authorisation exist, e.g. national authorisation, mutual recognition, union authorisation and simplified authorisation.
  • While an active substance is still being evaluated for use in a certain product type, the affected biocidal products can stay on the market subject to national rules in the individual countries (navigate the left menu for national requirements in Norway during this transitional phase).
  • The BPR gives requirements for treated articles, i.e. products treated with or incorporating biocidal products.
  • For the sake of fairly sharing the costs of data for active substance dossiers, all suppliers of active substances and biocidal products in the EU/EEA must have submitted either an active substance dossier or a letter of access to such a dossier, by 1 September 2015.

Read more about these and other issues concerning the BPR on the website of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) .