Biocides industry starts to live with costly evaluation system

Regulations implementing the 1998 EC Directive on biocidal products come into force in Britain on 6 April, eleven months late.1 Manufacturers have until next March to inform the European Commission of products on the market and whether they intend to support active ingredients through an evaluation process. The industry has continued to complain about the costs of the new regime - and has won some relief from the removal of "gold plating" from the new regulations.

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