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Highlights from March BPC meeting

ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) supports the approval of nitrogen generated from ambient air as a low-risk active substance for Annex I to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). 

Helsinki, 8 March 2023 – In its March meeting, the BPC adopted opinions:

  • Supporting the inclusion of nitrogen generated from ambient air in Annex I to the BPR. Annex I lists active substances considered to have low toxicity and that can be eligible for simplified product authorisation; and
  • Supporting Union authorisation for a biocidal product containing the active substance peracetic acid which is used to disinfect hard surfaces in clean rooms of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device, healthcare and diagnostic product manufacturing facilities (product-type 2).

The Union authorisation application for a biocidal product family containing as active substance a mixture of CMIT/MIT for various product-types will be sent back to the evaluating Member State. The BPC will discuss the updated opinion on this application in due course.  

The European Commission together with EU Member States will take the final decisions on approvals of active substances and on Union authorisation of biocidal products. 

More details about the opinions are available in the annex.


The committee met from 1 to 2 March 2023. The adopted opinions will be available on ECHA’s website in the near future. The next meeting will take place in June 2023.

Listen to the highlights of the meeting in our podcast, where committee Chair Erik van de Plassche shares his reflections.