Biocides for Europe

Early biocides included natural pyrethrum (from Chrysanthemum flowers), bitumen, camphor, vinegar and rose water. The modern definition of a biocide is a formulation containing one or more active substances that will – in very small doses – repel, control or destroy harmful organisms. Biocides are essential in our everyday lives for the purposes of prevention and protection. They are subject to their own set of regulations and should not be confused with medicinal drugs, used to treat the human body, or with plant protection products, used directly on crops.


Biocides for Europe, formerly known as EBPF ( European Biocidal Products Forum), is a Sector Group of Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council representing the biocides industry in Europe.


Biocides for Europe is an industry platform where all industry stakeholders involved in the biocides sector – be they active substance manufacturers, formulators, users or any relevant trade associations – can exchange views and give an input in the ongoing debates.


The main objective of Biocides for Europe is primarily to act as a spokesman for the biocide business community vis-à-vis the European Commission and the Member States with regards to the EU biocides legislation. The issues currently under discussion are related to the active substance review programme and the implementation of the BPR. Biocides for Europe is furthermore actively involved with the procedures for product authorisation after active substance approval.


Biocides for Europe is involved both in policy matters (such as Endocrine disruptor criteria development, MRL policy for biocides, Sustainable Use, Treated Articles, TTIP, intellectual property rights, comparative assessment, ecolabelling) as well as in technical issues (such as guidance development related to risk assessment, exposure scenarios, efficacy, IT development of the ECHA registration system for biocides and related tools (R4BP)).


M. Jäger (Merck KGaA)


Biocidal active substances and products


65 Member companies:
Activa (IT), Aeroxon (DE),  Albemarle (BE), Armosa (BE), Babolna Bio (HU), BASF (DE), Bayer (DE), Bell Laboratories (UK), Bode (DE), Buckman (BE), Citrefine (UK), Corbion (NL), Detia (DE),  Ecolab (DE), Ercros S.A. (Spain), Elanco Animal Health (CH), Endura (IT), Evergreen Garden Care (PL), Evonik (DE), Hentschke & Sawatzki (DE), ICL-IP Europe (NL), IFF (NL), Innospec (BE), Janssen (BE), Kemira (FI), KemOne (FR), Kersia (FR), Killgerm group (UK), Kwizda (FR), Laboratorios Agrochem (ES),  Lamirsa (ES), Lanxess (DE), Liphatec (FR), Lonza (CH), Lubrizol (DE), Merck (DE), Microban International, Nobian (NL), Nouryon (SE), PelGar (UK), Reckitt Benckiser (UK), Rentokil (UK), Sanitized (CH), SBM (FR), SC Johnson (UK), Schülke & Mayr (DE), Sigura (UK), Solenis (CH), Solvay (BE),  Stepan (FR), Steris (UK), Stockmeier Chemie (DE), Sumitomo Chemical (UK), Syngenta (UK), TCDO (AT), Thermacell (SE), Thor (DE), Triplan (AD), Troy (NL), Unichem (SL), UPL (UK), Vink+Co (DE), Vebi (IT), Zapi (IT), Zelnova (ES)


7 Associate Members:

(industry sector groups, downstream user associations and task forces): A.I.S.E. (BE), BACS (UK), CEPE (BE), ECPA (BE), Euro Chlor (BE), FECC (BE), Tegewa (DE)


12 National Chemical Federations:
CIA (UK), Essenscia (Bioplus) (BE), FCIO (AT), FEDERCHIMICA (IT), FEIQUE (ES), France Chimie (FR), IKEM (SE), Kemianteollisuus (FI), PKS (RS), Scienceindustries (CH), VCI (DE), VNCI (NL)


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Sector Group Manager

Boris van Berlo

Sector Group Manager

Jules Bossert
+ 32.490.58.83.23

Sector Group Manager

Yuhua Wu

Sector Group Manager

Pascal Schmahl



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