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Biocidal Products Committee concludes on four active substances in disinfectants and preservatives


The committee adopted twelve opinions supporting the approval of three active substances for use in disinfectants and preservatives.

Helsinki, 27 April 2018 – The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) supported the approval of the following active substances:

  • active chlorine generated from sodium chloride by electrolysis for disinfectants (product-types 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5);
  • active chlorine released from hypochlorous acid for disinfectants (product-types 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5);
  • carbendazim for preservatives (product-types 7 and 10).

The committee concluded that the following active substance should not be approved:

  • Willaertia magna c2c Maky for preservatives (product-type 11).

The committee’s opinion is that the amoeba Willaertia magna c2c Maky cannot be approved for product-type 11 because its efficacy is not sufficiently demonstrated and because it cannot be excluded that there are unacceptable effects on human health due to a so-called ‘Trojan horse’ effect, with the amoeba acting as a reservoir for possible pathogenic bacteria.    

The European Commission together with the EU Member States will take the final decision on the approval of the active substances.

The approval of an active substance is granted for a defined number of years, not exceeding 10 years.

The committee met from 25 April to 26 April 2018. The opinions will be available on ECHA’s website in the near future. The next meeting will be held at the end of June 2018.