Ekotox Centers are providing consultancy services and customers support in the area of EU chemicals legislation – REACH Registration, Only Representative, REACH Authorisation, REACH/CLP Screening, Safety Data Sheets, Legal Compliance Services.

We offer preparation of all documents required for registration of a biocidal product and place on the market:

  • Biocidal product entry in the Register
  • Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
  • Text part of the label
  • Instructions for use, if not stated on the label


The Biocidal Products Regulation

(BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012) concerns the placing on the market and use of biocidal products, which are used to protect humans, animals, materials or articles against harmful organisms, like pests or bacteria, by the action of the active substances contained in the biocidal product.

The Regulation becomes applicable on 1st September 2013. From that date onwards, companies will have two options to request permission to place their products on the market. The first (Union Authorisation), which is likely to be used by large firms, requires companies to submit an application to ECHA and if the product is judged safe, it may be sold throughout the EUThe second may appeal more to the numerous small and medium-sized enterprises in this business, as it requires companies to submit an application to their own national authority, to sell a product in their home country. If the authorisation is granted, they can subsequently put the product on the market of other Member States, according to the mutual recognition principle.

Union authorisation allow companies to place these biocidal products on the market in the entire Union, without the need to obtain a national authorisation followed by mutual recognition. This authorisation will give the same rights and obligations in all the Members States as those issued by the national authorisation. Union authorisation will be granted to biocidal products with similar conditions of use across the Union, except those containing active substances meeting the exclusion criteria and certain product-types (14, 15, 17, 20 and 21). Depending upon the product types, Union authorisation will be available in three different stages:

  • from 1 September 2013 for product types 1, 3, 4, 5, 18 and 19
  • from 1 January 2017 for product types 2, 6 and 13
  • from 1 January 2020 onwards to the remaining products types 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16 and 22.

The authorisation process starts with the submission of a dossier by a company to ECHA. The evaluating competent authority that has previously been chosen by the applicant, evaluates the dossier and forwards the result to ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee to prepare an opinion within 180 days. Finally, the European Commission takes a decision based upon ECHA’s opinion.

Approval of active substances: companies have to apply for the approval of an active substance by submitting a dossier to ECHA. After the validation check has been performed by the Agency, the evaluating competent authority carries out a completeness check and an evaluation. The result is forwarded to ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee, which prepares an opinion within 270 days. This is then submitted to the European Commission for decision-making. A similar process takes place for the renewal of the approval of an active substance.

The European Commission keeps a register of Biocidal Products on “R4BP” which is published on the website It is recommended to make the first part of his application prestredníctvo that register and indicate both your potential interest in the product on the basis of mutual recognition in other EU Member States. Sign in R4BP is possible only through an account created in the system, ECAS (European Commission’s authentication service). Issues related to R4BP application if necessary, consult directly with the administrator

Ecotoxicological center offers preparation of all documentation you need for placing on the market of biocidal product:

  • Form for announcement of biocidal product containing only notified active substances,
  • MSDS in Slovak language fully compliant with Annex II, Article 31 of Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH),
  • Product label (has to be in Slovak language),
  • Instructions for use (has to be in Slovak language),

In cooperation with GLP laboratories we offer also laboratory services for testing of active substance in biocidal products.

More information.


  • EU legislation:

Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products

Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1896/2000 on the first phase of the programme referred to in Article 16(2) of Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on biocidal products

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1687/2002 on an additional period for notification of certain active substances already on the market for biocidal use as established in Article 4(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1896/2000,

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2032/2003 on the second phase of the 10-year work programme referred to in Article 16(2) of Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market, and amending Regulation (EC) No 1896/2000

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1451/2007 on the second phase of the 10-year work programme referred to in Article 16(2) of Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market

An exhaustive list of 23 product types:

Disinfectants and general biocidal products

Product-type 1: Human hygiene biocidal products

Product-type 2: Private area and public health area disinfectants and other biocidal products

Product-type 3: Veterinary hygiene biocidal products

Product-type 4: Food and feed area disinfectants

Product-type 5: Drinking water disinfectants


Product-type 6: In-can preservatives

Product-type 7: Film preservatives

Product-type 8: Wood preservatives

Product-type 9Fibre, leather, rubber and polymerised materials preservatives

Product-type 10: Masonry preservatives

Product-type 11: Preservatives for liquid-cooling and processing systems

Product-type 12: Slimicides

Product-type 13: Metalworking-fluid preservatives

Pest control

Product-type 14: Rodenticides

Product-type 15: Avicides

Product-type 16: Molluscicides

Product-type 17: Piscicides

Product-type 18: Insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods

Product-type 19: Repellents and attractants

Other biocidal products

Product-type 20: Preservatives for food or feedstocks

Product-type 21: Antifouling products

Product-type 22: Embalming and taxidermist fluids

Product-type 23: Control of other vertebrates

Within the framework of cooperation with certified laboratories we offer laboratory services and, if necessary, the testing of the active substance contained in biocidal products.

If you have questions please contact us by phone +421 2 45943712, or e-mail to ekotox(at)