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Europe Seeks to Streamline Biocidal Product Regulations

2:34 PM MDT | August 6, 2012 | —Sotirios Frantzanas with Vincent Valk

The European Commission has issued new rules on biocides that are expected to streamline and simplify the regulatory directive, called the biocidal product regulation (BPR). The new regulation becomes applicable on September 1, 2013 and makes authorization of biocidal products on the European Union (EU) market less onerous for producers and importers, the commission says. Biocidal products have been subject to EU law since 1998. The updated regulation will save industry an estimated €2.7 billion ($3.3 billion) over a period of ten years due to more efficient...

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