11th Biocidal Products Regulation Symposium

March 23, 2023
Sheraton, Brussels Airport (BE)

ARCHE Consulting and pIEt Consulting invite you to join their 11th BPR Symposium to be held on 23 March 2023 in Brussels (09:15 - 16:30).

Registration is open for our in-person Symposium with an agenda focused on the latest developments in biocides regulation.

This symposium is sponsored by:


08:45 Registration and coffee

09:15 Welcome

09:30 Renewal of active substances

Céline Leroy (FOD)

The objective of the renewal process of active substance approvals according to the BPR is to ensure the continued efficacy and safety of biocidal products in the EU market. This presentation will give insights into the key regulatory aspects of renewals, the important elements to consider and the points of attention based on the authority’s experience.

10:00 Will the extension of the Review Programme open a “Pandora’s Box”?

Koen Van Maldegem & Gerard McElwee (Fieldfisher)

Fieldfisher will share their expert views on the long-anticipated extension of the BPR Review Programme and its potential implications for the biocides industry (data protection, re-opening of the BPR and other possible amendments, ED assessments, ECHA and MS resources…). Could this potential Pandora's Box still leave room for hope on the horizon?

10:30 Coffee break

11:00 Addressing Substances of Concern in a BPR dossier

Barbara Dhoop
(ARCHE Consulting)

This presentation will help clarify questions such as:

  • Will presence of a Substances of Concern prevent market access for my product?
  • Should I perform a qualitative or quantitative assessments for a Substances of Concern?
  • Can I challenge a substance being categorized as a Substance of Concern?

11:15 Physical hazards can pose a risk for your BPR dossiers

Linh-Dan Ngo
(ARCHE Consulting)

How would the recent updates on physical hazards testing requirements impact BPR dossiers? And how to organize testing strategies to avoid the risk of an unfavored opinion on the product authorization? Linh-Dan will address these questions and share examples from recent experience.

11:30 Efficacy data, from annex to pillar under your BPR dossier

Stijn Van Hees
(ARCHE Consulting)

Efficacy data have gained a lot of importance in BPR evaluation processess over the past few years. At the same time new test-protocols and updated guidances seem to be released at a relentless pace. This makes reliable efficacy data both more valuable and more challenging to get. Stijn will shed light on some of the latest developments in the BPR’s efficacy arena.

11:45 Q&A

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Simplified authorisations for low risk biocides

Cindy Van der Meer (Ctgb)

Cindy Van der Meer will tackle the complex issues related to simplified authorisations. Learn about the process of obtaining a simplified authorisation and potential encouragement for the use of low-risk biocides.

13:30 Efficacy evaluation of biocidal products PT 1 to 5: Method update, product family approach

Florian Brill (Dr. Brill)

This presentation will be a high-level update on the efficacy evaluation of biocidal products PT 1 to 5 from a highly experienced CEN TC 216 expert, including a current update and view into future developments and organization of efficacy evaluation for product families.

14:00 Coffee break

14:30 10 years of the BPR implementation: current and future challenges

Agnieszka Bielach (Ecolab)

Agnieszka Bielach will explore the difficulties faced by the industry in adapting to the BPR over the past decade. Learn how rapidly changing guidance, lack of resources and chronic delays are impacting the industry.

15:00 Challenges resulting from the changing regulatory background

Baptiste Deffrennes (Perrigo)

This presentation will address the reality of BPR implementation for applicants and the hurdles they face resulting from the constantly evolving regulatory landscape.

15:30 35 years horizon of biocides

Piet Blancquaert
(pIET Consulting)

Piet Blancquaert will share his 35 years of experience in the biocides industry.

15:45 Closing of the Symposium

16:00 Reception

Why attend?

Attending this symposium will ensure you are up to speed with the latest regulatory developments and will enable you to tackle the challenges presented by the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) No 528/2012).

Furthermore, this symposium is the ideal moment to get in contact with representatives from Competent Authorities, service providers and industry!

Who will benefit from this symposium?

Anyone involved in the placing on the market of biocidal products or active substances, who wants to remain compliant with the legislation and is active in regulatory affairs, R&D or marketing.


Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel, Brussels National Airport, B-1930 Brussels (http://www.sheratonbrusselsairport.com)


  • Registration fee is € 550 per person (excl. VAT) – and includes attendance of the symposium, programme materials, coffee/tea, refreshments, buffet lunch and reception on 23 March 2023.
  • Note that the number of participants to this symposium is limited and on a first come, first served basis. We advise early registration to avoid disappointment!
  • Registration should be done by 16 March 2023.
  • Payment terms: an invoice is sent, all payments must be received prior to the symposium.
  • Cancellation terms: € 50 cancellation fee for cancellations received before 16 March 2023, no refunds for later cancellations. Cancellations must be received in writing by mail. Please note that if you do not cancel and do not show up at the meeting, the outstanding amount will still be due.

Please note that hotel accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee. For hotel reservations, please contact the hotel directly http://www.sheratonbrusselsairport.com/.