Regulations and labeling requirements for microbial control products and technologies are constantly changing at different rates across the globe. This situation makes it increasingly difficult for formulators to remain up-to-date.
Developed countries manage product regulations in different ways in order to protect human health and the environment. In the United States for example, antimicrobials must be registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); conventional chemicals are subject to regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); and products used in high-level disinfectants, food and personal care applications are subject to regulation under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetics Act (FFDCA).
In Europe, products must meet the requirements of the EU’s Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) – (EU) No 528/2012, along with the ongoing requirement to register products at a country level. In addition, there are requirements under REACH, the European Union regulation for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals which apply to some Dow Microbial Control products as well.
For the rest of world, countries have their own regulations governing the use of biocides. In some instances they will rely on the biocides to have EU BPR / US EPA approval.
Broad Regulatory Expertise to Help you Navigate the Regulatory Field
At Dow, we take product stewardship very seriously. Following best practices for safe use and handling of our products and adherence to all regulations is of paramount importance. This means that we have in place an outstanding global team of regulatory and policy experts that can help customers navigate the myriad rules and regulations affecting microbial control technologies.
Dow Microbial Control professionals have substantial experience in the evolving framework of laws and regulations which govern the use of antimicrobial products under FIFRA, the various EU directives, and other similar regulatory schemes across North America, South America, Europe and Asia. And as the regulatory arenas and the regulated industries continue to change, Dow Microbial Control not only adapts to industry trends, but anticipates and applies new regulatory and scientific strategies to add value to customer product development and registration pathways.
REACH Deadline June 1, 2018
As of June 1st, 2018, full REACH registration is required for chemicals supplied at volumes between 1 and 100 metric tons per year in the European Union. This includes some of the products supplied by Dow Microbial Control. Visit the page dedicated to biocidal products and REACH.
BIOCIDAL PRODUCTS REGULATION
Navigating the complexities of the European Union’s Biocidal Product Regulation (BPR) can be difficult. Dow Microbial Control has created a special online resource center to help our customers ensure compliance and business sustainability. Learn more about the BPR and how DMC can help you at AreYouReadyforBPR.com