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.
At the initiative of A.I.S.E. (the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products), EBPF (the European Biocidal Products Forum, a sector group of CEFIC) and FECC (the European Association of Chemical Distributors ), a Cross-Industry Alliance on COVID-19 was created. 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.
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.
EBPF 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 EBPF 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. EBPF is furthermore actively involved with the procedures for product authorisation after active substance approval.
EBPF 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)).
S. Champ (BASF)
I. Watt (DuPont)
Biocidal active substances and products
60 Member companies:
Activa (IT), Aeroxon (DE), Albemarle (BE), Arysta Life Science Benelux (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), Innovative Water Care (UK), 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), Solenis (CH), Solvay (BE), Stachema (CZ), Stepan (FR), Steris (UK), Stockmeier Chemie (DE), Sumitomo Chemical (UK), Syngenta (UK), TCDO (AT), Thor (DE), Triplan (AD), Troy (NL), Unichem (SL), Vink+Co (DE), Zapi (IT)
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)