COVID-19: Guidance on fast-tracking disinfectants´ availability

At the initiative of A.I.S.E. (the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products), EBPF (the European Biocidal Products Forum, a sector group of CEFIC) and Fecc, a Cross-Industry Alliance on biocides in times of COVID-19 was created. The main objective of the alliance is to provide industry with faster access to the relevant information, helping them to ensure that the authorities, medical facilities and the public all have enough supply of valuable disinfectants in this time of big need.

Under the umbrella of the alliance, a practical guide has been developed with the voluntary contributions of CEHTRA (Consultancy for Environmental & Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment), and the law firms Fieldfisher (Belgium) LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Special thanks go to our member companies Brenntag and Stockmeier, who spearheaded the compilation of this guidance on behalf of Fecc and the distribution sector.

This guide aims to assist companies in complying with their obligations under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and equivalent national laws on biocides during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The main part of this Practical Guide sets out the main procedures for fast-tracking the availability of disinfectants in order to help fight the pandemic
  • Appendix 1 provides an overview of national measures (either under the Article 55 of BPR and/or national laws) that have been adopted in various European countries
  • Appendix 2 lists all the active substances approved or under review for PT1 and PT2 at EU level. Further checks by companies with regards to the efficacy against encapsulated viruses, such as corona viruses should, however, be conducted.


Important disclaimer note:
This Practical Guide (and related appendices) are designed to be a living document and will be updated on a regular basis. Use of the information remains under the sole responsibility of the user. No liability is accepted with regard to the use that may be made of the information contained in this document.