Mutual recognition in parallel

If you are applying for a national authorisation for a biocidal product or product family in one Member State (reference Member State) and you wish to make that product available on the market of another Member State (concerned Member State), you can apply for mutual recognition in parallel at the same time as you submit the application to the reference Member State. A separate application is needed for each concerned Member State.

Please refer to ECHA's Biocidal Products Regulation pages and to the legislation for more information on the process.

Preparing an application

  • Refer to the supporting documents table for submission requirements. Use the available document templates where appropriate.
  • Include a list of the concerned Member States and the reference Member State as an annex in the draft summary of biocidal product characteristics (SPC)

All the necessary information will be submitted through R4BP 3. Follow the instructions in the Biocides Submission Manual (BSM) 2 ‘Using R4BP 3 for biocide applications'; BSM 4 ‘Biocidal Products: Part A, Initial Submissions' and the Guidance on information requirements.

Submission through R4BP 3

  • Sign up for REACH-IT and enter your company information manually. Refer to BSM 2 ‘Using R4BP 3 for biocides applications' for instructions. 
  • Log into R4BP 3 with your User ID and password defined in REACH-IT. Refer to BSM 4 ‘Part A. Initial Submissions'. Under the ‘CASES' tab, select ‘Mutual recognition in parallel'. The submission wizard will guide you through the submission process.

Follow up in R4BP 3

Check your messages and tasks in R4BP 3 regularly. You will find various types of messages under the ‘MESSAGES' tab in R4BP 3, e.g.:

  • Result of the format check.
  • Notifications of invoices with a 30-day deadline that need to be met. See BSM 5 'Invoicing in R4BP 3.
  • Result of the acceptance step.

You may also receive authority requests for more information through R4BP 3 with a deadline. The requests will appear under TASKS. If you fail to meet the deadline, your application may be rejected, depending on the processing step.

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