Biocide companies urged to check EU product database
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is making attempts to resolve cases of “orphan” biocide product authorisations and ongoing applications, for which a company has not been identified. The issue relates to the Register for Biocidal Products, R4BP, which is the central hub for submitting applications for approval of biocides, including non-crop pesticides. The recent migration of all records from R4BP2 to the new version, R4BP3, has revealed that some companies had not entered a valid unique identifier in their entries in R4BP2. Such entries were assigned a temporary “virtual” company to enable the migration, but this means that the real company will not be able to access their records. The ECHA says that EU member states will contact all companies with orphan existing approvals or ongoing applications to gather the missing information. The Agency hopes to correct the entries by mid-June.