Category Archives: Biozide

South Korea Goes After Contaminators

The South Korean environmental ministry has proven violations of the K-REACH chemicals law by 33 companies and individuals. All cases involve the prohibited sale and use of polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG). Historically, the substance was added to disinfectants for humidifiers in … Continue reading

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Biocides: Greater Flexibility for Companies

The Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012) governs the use of biocidal products and their placing on the market. The Implementing Regulations specify details concerning the authorization of the biocidal products. The EU Commission recently published Implementing Regulation (EU) … Continue reading

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U.S. FDA Bans 19 Hazardous Chemicals from Soaps

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has forbidden manufacturers from selling soaps that contain specific active antibacterial ingredients to consumers. Some 19 substances are involved; manufacturers have one year to remove the products from the market and find substitutes … Continue reading

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South Korea to Approve New Biocide Law Soon

The South Korean Ministry of Environment (MoE) wants to advance the planning of a Biocides Law quickly. The urgency results from a scandal involving humidifier disinfectant made by Reckitt Benckiser. An ingredient in the sanitizer, polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG), was responsible … Continue reading

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Vietnam Issues New Biocide Law

The Vietnamese government has published the final version of its biocides law, Management of Chemicals and Preparations Intended as Household Insecticides and Disinfectants, which goes into effect in July 2018. The law regulates the packaging, labeling, product registration, storage, and … Continue reading

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EU Commission Presents Criteria for Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals and Reaps Criticism

After a delay of more than two years, the EU Commission published criteria in mid-June that help unambiguously identify endocrine disruptors – substances that harm the hormonal system in humans. The criteria should help authorities decide whether or not an … Continue reading

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EU Commission Reminds Authorities to Observe Deadlines

The European Commission has invited authorities that evaluate biocidal agents to submit all their draft competent authority reports (CAR) before the corresponding deadlines. If they are submitted past the deadline, the approval process would be extended unnecessarily. A delay could … Continue reading

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