On 16 May 2013, the European Commission (“Commission”) published a legislative proposal to address discrepancies in the new Biocides Regulation 528/2012. The current legislation prohibits articles treated with biocides if they have not been approved at the EU level, regardless of whether they have been approved in national jurisdictions. The proposal would remove this, and other, inconsistencies and errors. It is expected that the new Regulation will be adopted before the end of this year.

The Commission’s proposal can be accessed via this link: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2013:0288:FIN:EN:PDF