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Antifouling agent on it's way to through the BPD jungle

Friday, 5 July 2013

EU Biocidal Products Directive (BPD) 98/8/EC became one ot the toughest hurdles for new antifouling coating additives for marine protection. An active substance is on the way to be included.

Antifouling coating additives avoid the growth of algea for example on ship hulls

Source: Fotolia/PicMan

Antifouling coating additives avoid the growth of algea for example on ship hulls

Source: Fotolia/PicMan

Janssen PMP in Belgium supports "Econea" (tralopyril) as a new antifouling active substance under the EU BPD. Following discussions at Biocides Technical Meetings, the UK Health & Safety Executive which acts as the Rapporteur Member State, has recently issued the Draft Final Competent Authority Report (CAR) which includes a positive recommendation for Annex I inclusion.

Approval for Biocidal Product Directive still due

"Making available the Draft Final CAR to the experts of the Member States Competent Authorities is a significant milestone in the EU evaluation process” said Dr Adrian Gray, Janssen PMP’s European Regulatory Manager. "The Draft Final CAR and the derived Assessment Report will form the basis for the discussion at Competent Authority meetings which will take place in the second half of 2013, leading to a vote in the Standing Committee on the approval  under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation EU 528/2012) which will apply by that time.”

Tony Kempen, Product Manager Marine Antifouling & Microbial Control for Janssen PMP, added: "The positive conclusion from the scientific and technical evaluation, using the most stringent and demanding risk assessment methodology, reinforces our confidence that Econea can be used safely as an active substance in antifouling products. We expect that a positive outcome of the BPD review ."

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