EU confirms rejection of German block on IPBC wood preservatives
The European Commission has issued a formal rejection of German plans to refuse or restrict approvals of more wood preservatives containing the fungicide, IPBC (3-iodo-2-propynyl butylcarbamate). The country had intended not to fully recognise approvals granted by other member states to: Arch Timber Protection’s product combining IPBC, propiconazole and tebuconazole; three propiconazole/IPBC combinations from Janssen PMP; and an IPBC-based product from ISP Cologne Holding. However, its reasons for the measures taken were not accepted by other member states. Nevertheless, the Commission has accepted Germany’s request to amend labels to give strict instructions on methods for automated dipping, and for storing treated wood. This is the second time that the country has lost a bid to impose additional use restrictions on IPBC-based wood preservatives.