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.
The authorisation holder can apply for the renewal of an authorisation to the Member State competent authority (MSCA) who granted the authorisation. In case of mutual recognition authorisation, the application for renewal should be submitted to the reference MSCA and all MSCAs concerned.
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.