EU Biocides – Cultural Heritage Exceptions Published for Biocidal Products with Nitrogen

Posted on: January 14, 2021

by Mária Bystrianska

Cleaning products - EU BiocidesBiocidal products that are placed on the EU market must be shown to be safe for humans, animals and the environment, in addition to being effective for the intended use.

Annex I to Regulation (EU) 528/2012 lists active substances that have a favorable effect on the environment, human or animal health. Products containing these active substances may therefore be authorized under a simplified procedure.

Nitrogen generated in situ is currently not approved for use in the Union and is not listed in Annex I to Regulation (EU) 528/2012, nor included in the list of active substances included in the review program for existing active substances in biocidal products. As the substance is also not listed in Annex II to Commission Delegated Regulation 1062/2014 / EU, specific exemptions must be granted for the use of nitrogen generated in situ.

On the basis of such an exemption, the Netherlands and Portugal may authorize the making available on the market and use of biocidal products consisting of in situ generated Nitrogen for the protection of cultural heritage until 31 December 2024.

Related lists in UL’s Regulatory Database have been updated in the January 2021 release to reflect these Amendments.


EU Biocides

EU Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) 528/2012

Amendment 2020/1047/EU

Amendment 2020/1775/EU


European Union, Biocides, BPR, Exceptions, Cultural Heritage

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