Biocides for Europe


The Cross-Industry Alliance on COVID-19 is making available a practical guide aiming at supporting industry and authorities to ensure sufficient supply of disinfectants to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.


In March 2020, at the initiative of Biocides for Europe (a sector group of Cefic), a Cross-Industry Alliance on COVID-19 was created together with A.I.S.E. (the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products) and FECC (the European Association of Chemical Distributors). The main objective of the alliance is to provide industry with faster access to the relevant information, helping them to ensure that the authorities, medical facilities and the public all have enough supply of valuable disinfectants in this time of need.


Under the umbrella of the alliance, a practical guide has been developed with the voluntary contribution of CEHTRA (Consultancy for Environmental & Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment), and the law firms Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP.



Important Note:

This Practical Guide (and related appendixes) is designed to be a living document and will be updated on a regular basis. Use of the information remains under the sole responsibility of the user. No liability is accepted with regard to the use that may be made of the information contained in this document.


ABOUT 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)).



Biocidal active substances and products


63 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), Dupont (UK), 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), 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), Lysoform (CH), Merck (DE), 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), 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)


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


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Sector Group Manager

Camelia Mihai

Sector Group Manager

Boris van Berlo

Sector Group Manager

Irantzu Garmendia

Assistant / Projects

Yuhua Wu