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EU approval nears for five biocides

Proposals to approve five active ingredients for non-crop pesticide use have been cleared by the EU Standing Committee on Biocidal Products. They are: the fungicide, cyproconazole, for use in wood preservatives; transfluthrin and synthetic amorphous silicon dioxide for use in insecticides/acaricides; and ethyl butylacetylaminopropionate and lauric acid for use in repellents/attractants. All five ais were in the EU review of existing biocides. Cyproconazole’s approval would last five years, rather than the standard ten, because it meets certain hazard criteria for toxicity and persistence. It would also be considered as a candidate for substitution by safer ais. Cyproconazole gained EU re-registration for agrochemical use in 2011 (Agrow No 615, p 8). With regard to silicon dioxide, the approval covers only the synthetic amorphous form.

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