HEAL’s action on biocides

EU biocides law must protect health and the environment
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Biocides are household pesticides and can be found in disinfectants, preservatives, pest controls. Like pesticides, they are designed to be toxic. The revised EU biocides law must ensure the highest degree of protection to health and the environment.

EU Member States and members of the European Parliament are currently discussing new rules for the authorisation of biocides.

HEAL works to ensure that the revision of the EU biocides rules guarantees the highest level of health and environment protection. As these substances are used in the household, they’re potential health impact on children and other vulnerable groups is large, which means we have to exert extra care.

The envisaged new rules should also not fall back behind the achievements made in the recent pesticides package, especially regarding the phase out of certain hazardous biocides.

HEAL works specifically to ensure that exposure to biocides which harm the development of the nervous and immune system is minimised and that there will be rules in place for the sustainable use of biocides. As scientists have recently voiced concerns about an increasing antibiotic resistance due to biocide overuse, reducing use and exposure remains a priority.

Previous Take Actions

EFSA public consultation on pesticide risk assessment reports
EFSA wishes to increase the level of stakeholder involvement in the EU peer review of active substances used in plant protection products. Deadlines in July – August 2013

Background Information on Pesticides and Biocides

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