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 (Dow)
Biocidal active substances and products
60 Member companies:
Activa (IT), Aeroxon (DE), Akzo Nobel (NL), Albemarle (BE), Arkema (FR), Arysta Life Science Benelux (BE), Babolna Bio (HU), BASF (DE), Bayer (DE), Bell Laboratories (UK), Bode (DE), Buckman (BE), Chemours Company (UK), Citrefine (UK), Corbion (NL), Dow (DE), Ecolab (DE), Elanco Animal Health (CH), Endura (IT), Evonik (DE), Hentschke & Sawatzki (DE), Hypred (FR), ICL-IP Europe (NL), Innospec (BE), Janssen (BE), Kemira (FI), Killgerm group (UK), Laboratorios Agrochem (ES), Lamirsa (ES), Lanxess (DE), Liphatec (FR), Lodi (FR), Lonza (CH), Lubrizol (DE), Lysoform (CH), Merck (DE), Milliken (UK), 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), The Scotts Company (BE), Thor (DE), Triplan (AD), Troy (NL), Unichem (SL), Vink+Co (DE), Zapi (IT)
8 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), EWPM (UK), FECC (BE), Tegewa (DE)
12 National Chemical Federations:
APDCR (RO), CIA (UK), Essenscia (Bioplus) (BE), FCIO (AT), FEDERCHIMICA (IT), FEIQUE (ES), IKEM (SE), Kemianteollisuus (FI), Scienceindustries (CH), UIC (FR), VCI (DE), VNCI (NL)