Council and Parliament settle dispute over biocides Directive

The final text of the EC Directive on biocides has been published following the resolution of differences between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers.1 ten-year programme to review all the active substances used within the EC will now begin, with industry still complaining that the costs will push many biocidal products off the market.

Originally proposed in 1993, the biocides Directive is intended to create a common framework for the authorisation of biocides other than agricultural pesticides and certain other products already covered by EC rules. Twenty-three types of products - ranging from wood and masonry preservatives, slimicides and drinking water disinfectants to rodenticides and anti-fouling chemicals - are covered by the Directive. Member States have until May 200

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