All biocidal products must get an authorisation before they can be made available on the market. Companies can choose between several alternative processes, depending on their product and the number of countries where they wish to sell it.
If the product will be placed only on a single market, authorisation from that country is sufficient.
If a company wishes to place the product on the market in several countries, it can apply for mutual recognition for the product authorisation.
Renewal of a national authorisation as an application by an authorisation holder wishing to seek the renewal of a national authorisation for one or more product-types.
The Biocidal Products Regulation introduces a new alternative for companies that wish to apply for an EU-wide authorisation in one go.
There is also a simplified procedure for products which meet certain criteria specified in the regulation, e.g. do not contain any substances of concern.