The new Biocidal Products Regulation (EC) N. 528/2012 (BPR) improves the free movement of these products within the European Union (EU) and assures a high level of protection for human and animal health and the environment.

Regulation (EC) N. 528/2012

Biocides Main Groups

BPR covers 22 different product types divided in 4 main groups: Disinfectants, Preservatives, Pest control and Others.

biocides – Main Group I


  • Products used for human hygiene applied on or in contact to the skin or to the scalp for the main aim to disinfect them.
  • Disinfectants and algaecides without direct application on humans and animals to sanitize surfaces, materials, devices and furniture.
  • The relevant areas are swimming pools, aquaria, air conditioning systems, walls and floors in domestic, public, industrial or professional use sites.
  • Products used for veterinary hygiene.
  • Products used for the disinfection of equipment, containers, surfaces and pipelines related to food and feed production, transport, storage and consumption and products used to imbue materials that may come into contact with food.
  • Products used to disinfect drinking water for both humans and animals.

biocides – Main Group II


  • Products used for the preservation of manufactured products as insecticides, rodenticides and many others, with the aim to prevent microbial deterioration and to ensure the shelf-life of the products
  • Products used to protect films and coatings from microbial contamination so as to mantain the original properties of the articles
  • Slimicides to avoid or to control slime growth on materials
  • Wood preservatives to control wood deteriorating organisms as insects
  • Preservatives for construction materials which control microbial and algae assault
  • Products to preserve liquids used in cooling and processing systems
  • Products to protect materials such as leather, paper, rubber
  • Products to prevent microbial contamination of the fluids used in metalworking
biocides – Main Group III

Pest control

  • Rodenticides
  • Avicides
  • Molluscicides and products to control worms and other vertebrates
  • Insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods
  • Repellents or attractants
  • Piscicides
  • Products to control vertebrates different from the previously mentioned
biocides – Main Group IV

Other biocidal products

  • Antifouling products
  • Embalming or taxidermic fluids

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