Hidden Biocides in Cleaning Products
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 528/2012. The European Commission checked this thoroughly, and decision (EU) 2022/146 was published on February 1st, 2022 which states that:
“A product containing the active substance Alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride in a concentration of 2,4 % and which, based on the information provided by the manufacturer or by distributors, is intended to be used against algae, shall be considered a biocidal product within the meaning of Article 3(1), point (a), of Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 and shall fall within product-type 2 as defined in Annex V to that Regulation.”
The full decision is available to read here:
This is a very impactful decision as the product claim has always been the main indicator in defining the biocidal product. Similar decisions might be applied to other cleaning products containing BKC, increasing the number of products to be authorised.
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