Superseded Biocides guidance documents

TO NOTE: This page is for superseded Biocides guidance documents from Volumes I to V of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) Guidance ONLY.

When a guidance document from Volumes I to V of the BPR Guidance is updated and a new version is published, the “old” version is removed from the Guidance web page and stored here for reference. Table 1 lists the documents that have been superseded.

The Transitional Guidance (TG) documents created when the main volumes were in development have now all been incorporated into the relevant volumes.

During the incorporation, the document may have been updated so the initial version for each TG is also stored on this page for reference. Table 2 shows which volume the TG was incorporated into and when.

Each guidance document (except for the TGs) has a “Document History” on page 3, which lists the version and the date the version was published. Version 1 is the first edition and subsequent versions include details of the update or corrigendum.

The version number increases by a whole number (e.g. v1.0 to v2.0), when an update is made, and by a decimal (e.g. v1.0 to v1.1), when a “corrigendum” (minor changes, usually editing or formatting) is made.

Table 1: BPR Guidance Volumes I to V


Volume Version and date published
1.0 1.1 1.2 2.0 2.1 3.0 4.0 4.1 5.0
Vol I A (B+C) 07/2013 11/2014   05/2018          
Vol II A 07/2013 11/2014   05/2018          
Vol II B+C 02/2017     12/2017   04/2018 12/2021 02/2022 11/2022
   Appendix 1. Claims matrices 05/2016               03/2017
   Appendix 4. Overview of standards, test conditions and pass criteria (PT 1-5) 05/2016 03/2017              
Vol III A 07/2013 11/2014 05/2018            
Vol III B+C 12/2013 04/2015   10/2015 02/2017 11/2017      
Vol IV A 07/2013 11/2014 05/2018            
Vol IV B+C 04/2015                
Vol V
    Art 95 07/2013 -   11/2014          
    Microorganisms 08/2015 -   08/2016          
    Tech Equivalence 08/2013 03/2017