Regulatory Affairs Directorate
Market Surveillance Directorate

Biocidal products


Biocidal products are any substance or mixture:

-          in the form in which it is supplied to the user, consisting of, containing or generating one or more active substances

-          generated from substances or mixtures which do not themselves fall under the above, to be used


with the intention of destroying, deterring, rendering harmless, preventing the action of, or otherwise exerting a controlling effect on, any harmful organism by any means other than mere physical or mechanical action.

Treated articles that have a primary biocidal function are also considered biocidal products.


Biocidal products are regulated in the EU by the Biocidal Products Regulation, the BPR (Regulation (EU) 528/2012), which repealed Directive 98/8/EC (the Biocidal Products Directive).

For questions, the biocidal product helpdesk at MCCAA can be contacted through e-mail at