Analysis of measures geared to the sustainable use of biocidal products
Client: DG Environment
The objective of the study is to provide the European Commission with information on how the application of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012 is being handled. This involves weighing how the market availability and use of biocidal products (“the BPR”) contributes to the sustainable use of biocides.
The results will feed into the Commission’s report to the European Parliament and the Council on 18 July 2015 under Article 18 of the BPR. This shall include information that supports the need to introduce additional measures, especially for professional users, to reduce the risks of biocidal products posed to human and animal health as well as to the environment.
In particular the study shall consider:
1. the promotion of best practices as a means of reducing the use of biocidal products to a minimum;
2. whether there is a need for additional provisions in the regulations of professional users;
3. the most effective approaches for monitoring the use of biocidal products;
4. the risks posed by the use of biocidal products in specific areas and whether additional measures are required to address such risks;
5. the development and application of integrated pest-management principles with respect to the use of biocidal products;
6. the possibility to attribute an eco-label to biocidal products;
7. the use of voluntary schemes highlighting the ‘green profile’ of certain biocidal products; and
whether it is appropriate to revise Article 72 BPR on advertising.