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Practical Implications of Treated Articles containing Antimicrobial Masterbatches

June 11, 2024

During the 2024 Dublin Biocides Symposium in March, Joe Pearson, Evie Jenkins and Dr Stephen Rayner from Broadway Colours, a masterbatch manufacturing company, gave a presentation about the practical implications of treated articles containing antimicrobial masterbatches. A masterbatch is a concentrated formula of colourants, performance enhancing additives, or a combination of […]

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Review Programme for Biocidal active substances extended

June 4, 2024

The amendment to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) (EU) No 528/2012 regarding a further extension of the duration of the work programme for the systematic examination of all existing biocidal active substances (‘the review programme’) until 31 December 2030 has now been published in the Official Journal of the EU. In the […]

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In-situ generated Biocides (Ozone)

May 22, 2024

Kerona Scientific was delighted to host Mike Prince from the European Ozone Trade Association Ltd., UK as a speaker at the Dublin Biocide Symposium in March 2024. Mike gave a detailed update on the situation for in-situ generated biocides, like ozone, under the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 (“the BPR”). […]

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Guidance, factsheets, CA finalised documents… navigate your way with all these documents

May 14, 2024

Kerona Scientific was delighted to host Dr Boris Van Berlo from Biocides for Europe (CEFIC) as a speaker at the Dublin Biocide Symposium in March 2024. Dr Boris gave a detailed explanation of how to navigate through the different biocide documentation and webpages to make sure companies do not miss any […]

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Experiences with Harmonising Mutual Recognition Procedures

May 8, 2024

During the Dublin Biocides Symposium 2024, Lucas Kalker (Senior Policy Advisor, Ctgb) gave an insightful look into the harmonisation of mutual recognition under the BPR and the trends that have appeared over recent years. The current system allows for Member States who disagree with a decision to voice their concerns formally […]

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Efficacy Testing for Preservatives (PT7, PT9) – Challenges and Goals

April 29, 2024

During the 2024 Dublin Biocides Symposium in March, Trine Østergaard Jensen, Berit Lindegaard and Dr Jonas Stenbæk from the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), gave a presentation about the challenges and goals of efficacy testing for preservatives (PT7 & PT9). The DTI performs various accredited tests including testing of biocides according to […]

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Spotlight on Treated Articles

April 22, 2024

During the 2024 Dublin Biocides Symposium in March, Hazel O’Keefe, Partner at law firm Keller & Heckman in Brussels, spoke about the current status of treated articles according to the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012 (the BPR), Article 58. A treated article is defined as any substance, mixture or article […]

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Current BPC Activities

April 9, 2024

At the Dublin Biocides Symposium 2024, Kerona Scientific was delighted to host Dr Joost van Galen, Chair of the Biocidal Product Committee (BPC) at the European Chemicals Agency. Joost offered a comprehensive overview of the current activities undertaken by the BPC. The BPC serves as a pivotal body responsible for providing […]

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Navigating National Restrictions: A Deep Dive into Self-Service Biocide Products

March 26, 2024

Kerona Scientific was delighted to host Kerstin Schrade, the managing director of Vali Consulting GmbH at the Dublin Biocide Symposium on the 21st of March, 2024. Kerstin provided a detailed insight into the intricate world of national restrictions in self-service for biocidal products and to answer the question “Is a national […]

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ECHA Training on transition SPC into IUCLID ECHA

March 19, 2024

On 15th February 2024, ECHA hosted an online webinar to introduce the transition of the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) into the International Uniform Chemical Information Database (IUCLID). In the past, SPCs were prepared with another online tool – the SPC editor. However, as of 12th February 2024, SPCs must now […]

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PestEx London 2024

March 12, 2024

Greg O’Brien and Dr Chrysoula Pateraki from Kerona Scientific are looking forward to attending PestEx, the BPCA Pest Management Show in London on March 13th and 14th, 2024. PestEx is the UK’s biggest trade show and conference for pest management https://pestex.org/ Please contact info@kerona.ie to arrange a meeting at PestEx to discuss any […]

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Exploring the Future of Pest Management: Kerona Scientific at Expocida Iberia 2024

February 27, 2024

Kerona Scientific attended Expocida Iberia 2024 on February 15th and 16th at IFEMA in Madrid. This two-day gathering brought together experts, organisations, and professionals from the pest management and environmental health sectors. The central theme of this year’s Expocida was changes in the regulatory framework. As industry adapts to this changing landscape, it is […]

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Expocida Iberia Madrid 2024

February 8, 2024

Dr Irene McGrath and Luis Fresco Dorrio from Kerona Scientific are looking forward to attending Expocida in Madrid on February 15th and 16th, 2024. It is one of the most important events in the Pest Control and Environmental Health sector, which will be held at Pavilion 10 of IFEMA MADRID. Please […]

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ADBAC Approved as a Biocide for PT2 in the EU

January 24, 2024

We are pleased to announce that Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC/BKC (C12-C16)) has been approved as an active substance for use in biocidal products of product-type 2 (disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals) in the European Union. The approval was published in the Official […]

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Extension of the BPR Review Programme

January 10, 2024

At the 100th meeting of the Biocide competent authorities (CA) in June 2023, it was decided to extend the extension of the review programme under the BPR (Regulation No. 528/2012) until December 31, 2030. Subsequent meetings in September and December 2023 discussed proposed actions for member states (MS) to ensure the […]

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European Commission Releases “One Substance, One Assessment” Chemicals Assessment Reform

December 13, 2023

Last week, the European Commission adopted three legislative proposals under the ‘one substance, one assessment’ concept (1S1A), a key deliverable of the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, where significant tasks will be reallocated between four EU agencies, notably to ensure coherent and transparent assessments of chemicals used in products, including medical devices, […]

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Advice on Data Access Negotiations

July 10, 2023

Kerona Scientific recently hosted their third virtual Biocides Symposium in March 2023, featuring Gerard McElwee, Partner at Fieldfisher in Brussels, as a guest speaker. Gerard’s presentation provided insights into the various aspects involved in data access negotiations under the BPR, including the types of data which may be accessed, where to […]

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Use Limitations Imposed at Active Substance Level

June 20, 2023

At Kerona Scientific’s recent Biocide Symposium in March, Eléonore Mullier, Partner at Steptoe & Johnson, Belgium, outlined the use limitations imposed at active substance level under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). Eléonore explained the challenges facing applicants whereby increasingly stringent conditions are being imposed on active substance (AS) approval and renewal […]

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Mixture Assessment Factor – Potential Impacts on Biocide Co-Formulants

June 7, 2023

At the Dublin Biocide Symposium presented by Kerona Scientific Ltd, which took place on the 28th and 29th of March 2023, Caroline Raine, Technical Associate Director of NCEC Ricardo Energy and Environment, gave a presentation on the debated topics related to the European green deal. Her presentation discussed the chemical strategy […]

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Field Efficacy Testing for Biocides (PT18 and PT19)

May 31, 2023

Dr. Andrea Drago from Entostudio in Italy, collaborator in the working group for PT19, spoke at the Dublin Biocides Symposium in March 2023 on the topic of field testing for the efficacy evaluation of biocides for PT18 and PT19. The discussion focused on the publication of the new 5.0 version of […]

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Challenges with the Guidance on the Biocidal Products Regulation (Volume II: Efficacy) for PT18 (Insecticides) and PT19 (Repellents and Attractants) – a Laboratory Perspective

May 23, 2023

Kerona Scientific held their third Biocide Symposium on the 28th and 29th of March 2023. The Symposium centered on several key aspects related to the registration of products and active substances under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012). Dr. Catherine Linn, Head of Department, Biology, at BioGenius GmbH Germany, […]

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Current BPC Activities

May 3, 2023

Kerona Scientific held their third Biocide Symposium on the 28th and 29th of March 2023. The Symposium centred on several key aspects related to the registration of products and active substances under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012). Erik van de Plassche, Chair of the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC), […]

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Experiences with Union Authorisation and Biocidal Product Families

April 24, 2023

At the recent Dublin Biocide Symposium organised by Kerona Scientific, Nathalie Hanon, Executive Vice President at CEHTRA in Spain, gave a presentation on her experiences with Union Authorisation (UA) and Biocidal Product Families (BPF). Nathalie started the presentation with an overview of Article 3(1)(s) of the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No. […]

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Union Authorisation: Experience and Top Tips by the German CA (Competent Authority)

April 18, 2023

On the 28th and 29th of March 2023, Kerona Scientific held their third virtual Dublin Biocide Symposium dealing with key regulatory aspects relevant to the registration of products and active substances under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012). The first day of the symposium included presentations on EU biocide […]

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EU Biocide Developments – An Irish Perspective

April 4, 2023

At the recent Dublin Biocides Symposium presented by Kerona Scientific,  Dr Mervyn Parr, Risk Manager at the Pesticide Registration and Control Division (PRCD) in Ireland, provided insightful information about the EU biocides regulation from an Irish perspective. The slides of this presentation are available for download from the Kerona Scientific website […]

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BPR News

March 15, 2023

At the recent Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) meeting on the 8th of March, the ECHA BPC announced their approval of nitrogen generated from ambient air as a low-risk active substance for Annex I to the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). Additionally, the BPC has shown their support for Union Authorization (UA) of […]

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BPR Vademecum 8th Ed. 2023

February 27, 2023

Welcome to the 8th edition of the BPR Vademecum on the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) (EU) No 528/2012. Our intention in publishing this Vademecum is to provide you with a handy reference guide on all aspects of the Regulation. The Vademecum begins with a user guide that includes an overview of […]

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Kerona Scientific is expanding

November 3, 2022

Kerona Scientific is delighted to announce that Shannon White has joined our team in the UK. Shannon has a Masters in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia. She is an experienced regulatory affairs specialist having worked in a UK consultancy on REACH regulatory activities, project management and literature reviews. Shannon […]

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Kerona Scientific is expanding in Spain

October 19, 2022

Kerona Scientific is delighted to welcome two new expert members to our growing EU regulatory team, based in our Spanish office. Luis Guillermo Fresco Dorrio Luis is an environmentalist toxicologist with a degree in Environmental Sciences from Universidad de Vigo, Ourense, a Master’s degree in water treatment and purification management and […]

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Union Authorisation

September 7, 2022

Earlier this year, ECHA has announced that several applications for Union Authorisation (UA) have been submitted without a prior pre-submission consultation, a legal requirement according to BPR Annex III, point 2. Prospective applicants for UA application should submit a pre-submission application through R4BP (UP-APP), at the latest 6 months before the […]

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Biocides Webinar Series starting in September

August 31, 2022

Kerona Scientific has been delivering tailored training courses for many years and we are delighted to start our new series of Biocides Webinars. A detailed content description for each webinar can be found here. An Overview of the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No. 528/2012 €80.00 Tuesday 13th September 2022 at 10:00h-11:00h GMT Data […]

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Dr Sharon McGuinness selected as ECHA’s new Executive Director

August 10, 2022

In June 2022, the Management Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) selected Dr Sharon McGuinness as Executive Director. Dr Sharon McGuinness, an Irish national, is the CEO of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) in Ireland since 2018. Dr McGuinness was one of the candidates preselected by the European Commission […]

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GB Article 95 List for Biocides

June 21, 2022

Biocidal active substance and product suppliers included on the EU Article 95 List under the BPR (EU) No. 528/2012 at the end of the EU exit transition period on 31 December 2020 were automatically added to the GB Article 95 List. However, if you wish to remain on the GB Article […]

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Launch of the European research and innovation PARC programme to improve chemical risk assessment

June 14, 2022

Two weeks ago, the European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC) was launched. The aim is to develop a next-generation chemical risk assessment, incorporating both human health and the environment in a “One Health” approach. It will support the the European Union’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the European Green […]

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Hidden Biocides in Cleaning Products

May 24, 2022

The European Commission received a request by Denmark on July 2nd, 2020 on whether a product containing 2.4% Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC/BKC (C12-C16), marketed in Denmark by the manufacturer as a long-acting cleaning agent, is a biocidal product as defined in Article 3(1), point (a), of Regulation (EU) No […]

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An Irish Perspective on the EU Biocide Regulation

May 3, 2022

In February, Kerona Scientific hosted a two-day virtual Biocides Symposium. Donal Lynch, Head of Biocides Registrations at the Pesticide Registration and Control Divisions (PRCD) in Ireland, opened the symposium with a presentation that explained how the EU biocide regulations have developed historically, how the Irish Department of Agriculture has internally adapted […]

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Update from the Ctgb

April 26, 2022

At the Dublin Biocides Symposium in February 2022, Dr. Cindy van der Meer, Account Manager for the Dutch Board for the Authorization of Plant Protection Products and Biocides (Ctgb), gave an interesting presentation covering updates from the Ctgb on Regulatory Aspects. Five years ago, the Ctgb became popular as a choice […]

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Biocide Opportunities and Challenges from an Industry Perspective

March 29, 2022

At the recent Dublin Biocide Symposium organised by Kerona Scientific, Dr. Helena Gräf, Head of Biocide Regulatory Affairs at Ecolab in Germany, gave a presentation on “Biocide Opportunities and Challenges from an Industry Perspective”. Dr. Gräf started with an overview of the aims of the Biocidal Products Regulation – harmonisation to […]

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Experiences with In-Situ Active Chlorine

March 22, 2022

In February 2022, Kerona Scientific organised the Dublin Biocide Symposium with many interesting presentations from various representatives from Industry and Ministries. Nick Meakin, CEO at Aqualution Systems, brought a fascinating presentation on “Experiences with In-Situ Active Chlorine”. Active chlorine is an in situ active substance (i.e., it is generated at the point […]

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Regulation of Biocides in the UK – Update from the HSE

March 15, 2022

At Kerona Scientific’s virtual Biocides Symposium in February, Dr Nicola Gregg, Head of Biocides Operational Policy at HSE UK, spoke about the new Biocidal Products Regulation in Great Britain. The new GB regime reflects the framework of the EU BPR, but the two systems operate independently. Since the UK exited the […]

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Current Activities of the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) and Updated BPR Vademecum

March 8, 2022

The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) is responsible for preparing the opinions of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on several issues, including the approval of active substances and Union Authorisations of biocidal products. At Kerona Scientific’s virtual Biocides Symposium, held in February this year, BPC chair Erik van de Plassche spoke about […]

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Phys-Chem and Storage Stability Testing for Biocidal Products

March 1, 2022

At the recent Dublin Biocides Symposium organised by Kerona Scientifc, David Norris, owner of DNAL (David Norris Laboratories in the UK) gave a presentation on Phys-Chem and Storage Stability Testing for Biocidal Products. Storage stability testing includes physical tests and active substance analysis, to ensure that the product is still useful […]

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The Kerona team is expanding

January 20, 2022

We are delighted to announce that Eimear Deery has joined the Kerona Scientific team in Ireland. Eimear joined Kerona after graduating from University College Dublin with a BSc in Agri-Environmental Sciences. At Kerona, Eimear prepares product dossiers and risk assessments for biocides and plant protection products, from national biocide applications under […]

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Biocidal Products Committee and updated BPR Vademecum

September 8, 2021

The Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) is responsible for preparing the opinions of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on several issues, including approval of active substances and Union authorisation of biocidal products. At Kerona Scientific’s virtual Biocides Symposium, held in March this year, BPC chair Erik van de Plassche spoke about the […]

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Updates from the UK – Biocides

July 14, 2021

New guidance available for accessing the Northern Ireland Biocide market The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website has been updated to outline changes to processes and explain how the EU Biocidal Products Regulations (EU BPR) regulations continue to apply in Northern Ireland. If you wish to make biocidal products or treated […]

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GB Biocidal Products Regulations – Resubmission deadline approaching

June 21, 2021

Applications for product authorisation and active substance approval need to be resubmitted to the HSE by 29 June 2021. From 1 January 2021 applications for product authorisation and active substance approval are being evaluated under the GB Biocidal Products Regulations. As the HSE no longer has access to EU IT systems, […]

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Working within the framework of the BPR from an industry and consultancy perspective.

June 3, 2021

At the recent Dublin Biocide Symposium, several presenters gave their experiences of working within the framework of the BPR from an industry and consultancy perspective. Mike McGrath, Managing Director of Necon Technologies Ltd., Ireland finds the BPR a “torture” as it is very complex and technically dense. He explained that while […]

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Copy of presentations by the PRCD at the Dublin Biocides Symposium, Ireland

April 7, 2021

The Pesticide Registration and Control Division (PRCD) in Ireland held an excellent Industry Symposium on Biocidal Products in March 2020, which included a mini-workshop to explain the biocide notification process, requirements and common pitfalls to avoid. The presentations from this Symposium are still available on the PRCD website and are a […]

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Kerona’s BPR Vademecum: 5th edition for 2021

February 22, 2021

The 5th Edition of our acclaimed BPR Vademecum is now available to purchase in print and digital versions. The BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation, No. 528/2012) is the regulatory framework concerning the making available on the market and the use of biocidal products in the EU. Kerona’s BPR Vademecum contains a User […]

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Poisons Centre Notification (PCN)

February 12, 2021

New Obligations for Biocides Registrations in Ireland for hazardous products from 1st January 2021 From 1st January 2021 poison centre notifications for mixtures for consumer use or professional use must be submitted to the ECHA submission portal. The Poisons Centre Notification (PCN) format and tools, along with Q&A’s are available on […]

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Dublin Biocide Symposium – Tuesday 23rd – Wednesday 24th March 2021. Early bird discount now available.

January 28, 2021

The PRCD in Ireland organised a very successful Industry Symposium on Biocidal Products in March 2020.  Following on from this Symposium, Kerona Scientific Ltd. is delighted to announce that this year we will be organising a virtual Dublin Biocide Symposium on Tuesday 23rd – Wednesday 24th March 2021 with contributions from […]

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Biocide Training Webinars February-March 2021

January 14, 2021

Kerona has been delivering training courses for many years, ranging from webinars and workshops to bespoke training delivered either remotely or in person. Our courses are tailored to the biocides and plant protection industries, with a series of modules designed to provide an overview of the regulatory environment.   We are […]

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Article 95 of the Biocidal Products Regulation

July 14, 2020

Kerona has had many queries recently regarding Article 95 access under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, (EU) No. 528/2012). Many companies have requested assistance to be included in the Article 95 list of biocidal substance and product suppliers. What is the Article 95 list? Article 95 of the BPR requires that […]

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Biocides and Brexit

July 1, 2020

The European Commission has issued a new notice to stakeholders regarding how the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will affect the field of biocidal products. Although the UK withdrew from the EU in February, EU law, including the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) No 528/2012), still applies to the UK […]

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Biocide training webinars

March 19, 2020

May 19, 2020 Kerona has been delivering training courses for many years, ranging from webinars and workshops to bespoke training delivered either remotely or in person. Our courses are tailored to the biocides and plant protection industries, with a series of modules designed to provide an overview of the regulatory environment. […]

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Kerona’s BPR Vademecum: 4th edition for 2020

February 12, 2020

The 4th Edition of our acclaimed BPR Vademecum is now available in print and digital versions. The BPR (Biocidal Products Regulation, No. 528/2012) is the regulatory framework concerning the making available on the market and the use of biocidal products in the EU. Kerona’s BPR Vademecum contains a User Guide that […]

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