New round of exemptions in Europe could prevent cliff-edge for disinfectants


Alternative to official derogation extension procedure

Exemptions from EU legal requirements for disinfectants, which have been introduced amid the Covid-19 crisis, could be adopted anew to avoid a cliff-edge when they expire, a legal expert has suggested.

Europe has been coping with the surging demand for hand and surface sanitisers by exempting some products from the usual legal requirements of the EU’s biocidal products Regulation (BPR).

The derogations are made under a clause in Article 55 of the BPR and last for a maximum of 180 days. While EU member states have implemented them at different times, the majority will expire in September.

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Chemical Watch, 29 July 2020