Submit an inquiry to share data for biocidal product

The purpose of data sharing is to avoid unnecessary or repeated testing, in particular on vertebrate animals. An inquiry to share data is also necessary for the data sharing dispute procedure (Article 63 of the BPR).

An inquiry to share data is obligatory before performing any tests or studies involving vertebrates. The applicant must submit a written request to ECHA to determine whether such tests or studies have already been submitted under the Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC (BPD) or the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR).

Refer to ECHA's Biocidal Products Regulation pages and to the legislation, in particular Articles 62 and 63 of the BPR, for more information.

Preparing an application

  • The necessary information will be submitted through R4BP 3. Follow the instructions in the Biocides Submission Manuals: BSM 2 ‘Using R4BP 3 for biocide applications' and BSM 4 ‘Biocidal Products – Part A: Initial submissions'. 

Submission through R4BP 3

  • Sign up for REACH-IT. Refer to BSM 2, ‘Using R4BP 3 for biocide applications' for instructions.
  • Log into R4BP 3 with your User ID and password defined in REACH-IT. Refer to BSM 4, ‘Biocidal Products – Part A: Initial submissions'. Under the ‘NEW APPLICATION' tab, select ‘Inquire to share data (for biocidal product)'. The submission wizard will guide you through the submission process. 

Note that authorisations granted under the BPD must first be migrated from R4BP 2 in order to obtain the ‘asset number' required in R4BP 3. For further information, you may wish to consult the ‘Migration' Q&A section on the ECHA website or contact the ECHA Helpdesk.

Follow up in R4BP 3

Check your messages and tasks in R4BP 3 regularly. You will find messages related to your application under the ‘Events history' in R4BP 3.


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