Commission unveils overhaul of EU biocide rules

Europe could soon introduce an EU-wide authorisation procedure for certain biocidal products as part of an overhaul of biocide rules proposed by the European Commission on Friday.

The legislative proposal confirms draft plans revealed by ENDS in March (EE 24/03/09). The 1998 biocides directive would be replaced by a regulation. The new rules would enter force in January 2013, says the EU executive.

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