The European Chemicals Agency recently established a new scientific committee to contribute to the availability of safe biocidal products in the European market (the "Biocidal Products Committee").

The Biocidal Products Committee will have an important role in the approval of active substances and the authorisation of biocidal products under the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 528/2012), which enters into force on 1 September 2013. Almost all Member States have appointed a member to the Biocidal Products Committee.