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Nearly 300 participants take part in ECHA's first Biocides Stakeholders' Day

ECHA/PR/13/28

During the Stakeholders' Day, the Agency explained the new processes under the Biocidal Products Regulation and informed stakeholders on guidance, IT tools and support that will be made available before the entry into operation date of 1 September 2013. The aim of the event was to ensure that companies are aware of their roles, available tools and assistance so that they can meet their obligations.

Helsinki 25 June 2013 – Representatives from most EU Member States, Turkey, India, China, Canada and the USA participated in the European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA) first Biocides Stakeholders' Day on 25 June.

During the conference, ECHA explained the new processes and application opportunities for companies under the Biocidal Products Regulation. ECHA also presented the review programme of active substances and practical implications of Union authorisation. ECHA demonstrated to participants how to use IUCLID version 5.5 to prepare biocides dossiers and the forthcoming new release of the Register for Biocidal Products (R4BP) which is the tool for submitting these dossiers.

Guest speakers explained the roles of the European Commission and the Member States under the new regulation and brought an industry perspective to the discussion.  

At the conference, ECHA published its updated biocides web section and the first biocides submission manual dealing with the preparation of applications for active substances and biocidal products in IUCLID. The most essential guidance documents and other IT manuals essential for submitting dossiers from entry into operation will be published over the summer. Additionally, the ECHA Helpdesk is ready to support industry by answering enquiries related to biocides and will assist Member States setting up a national helpdesk for biocides. 

Discussions related to the Biocides Stakeholders' Day and questions were submitted during the Q&A sessions on twitter @EU_ECHA using the hashtag #BiocidesDay or via the feedback webform.

The presentations from the event are available on the ECHA website.