ARCHE Consulting and pIET Consulting hosted an in-person event to discuss the future of biocides and the BPR Review Programme
Navigating the Future of Biocides: Insights from the 11th BPR Symposium
The symposium featured a range of topics, including the renewal of active substances, the extension of the BPR Review Programme, simplified authorizations for low-risk biocides, biocidal product families, and dossier evaluation. The event also addressed scientific challenges, with multiple speakers from ARCHE Consulting highlighting the changes in physical hazards and efficacy data that underpin each active substance and product dossier.
Speakers included Céline Leroy from the Belgian authority (FPS), Koen Van Maldegem and Gerard McElwee from Fieldfisher, Frederik Verdonck from ARCHE Consulting, Cindy Van der Meer from CTGB, Florian Brill, Agnieszka Bielach from ECOLAB, Baptiste Defrennes from Perrigo, and the soon-to-retire Piet Blancquaert. Each speaker brought valuable insights and expertise to the various topics discussed, showcasing the wide array of knowledge present at the event.
- The extension of the BPR Review Programme, while allowing for full evaluation of un-evaluated AS/PT combinations, may lead to an unintended situation with regards to data protection. Stakeholders acknowledged that the BPR itself may require a minor revision to address these issues and prevent unfair treatment of market agents.
- The dynamic regulatory environment poses challenges for the industry and demands constant attention from all stakeholders, including guidance updates and test-protocol adaptations. Developments at a larger scale, such as the announced one substance, one assessment approach, changes in the water framework directive, and the chemicals strategy for sustainability, also need to be monitored for their impact on the biocides field.
- Attendees were encouraged to rely on regulatory experts to guide them through the decision-making process and set up an adequate strategy to fulfill the needs for technical and scientific data.