Silver Nitrate (CAS 7761-88-8) is considered to be a new active substance for many uses or Product Types (PTs) under the European Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). It is illegal to market or use products containing Silver Nitrate as an active substance in a wide range of biocidal uses, including for hospital decontamination (PT2) using an automated airborne disinfection system.
EU regulation 528/2012 Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)
Is your supplier placing on the market or sourcing biocidal products where the active substance is listed on the approved Article 95 list of the BPR? Are you ready?
Applying to all biocidal products, EU regulation 528/2012 Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) came into force in September 2013. The regulation is designed to control the selling or ‘placing on the market’ of biocidal products. These are used to protect humans, animals, materials or articles against harmful organisms, like pests or bacteria, by the action of the active substances contained in the biocidal product. This regulation includes details on the analysis of a biocidal product’s performance (efficacy), toxicity, environmental fate and risk during use.
Overall, the goal of this regulation is to improve the functioning of the biocidal products market in the EU, while ensuring a high level of protection for humans and the environment. The text was adopted on 22 May 2012 and was applicable from 1 September 2013, repealing the Biocidal Products Directive (Directive 98/8/EC).
Application of Article 95
From the 1st of September 2015, a biocidal product consisting of, containing, or generating a relevant ‘active’, cannot be made available on the EU market, if the substance supplier or product supplier is not included on the Article 95 list for the product type(s) to which the product belongs.
Role of NF T 72-281 (2014)
A new EN standard is being developed specifically to test products that apply disinfectants via the air in an automated process. This standard is based on the French standard NF T 72-281 (2014) and is described as a Phase 2, step 2 semi-field trial, due to the fact that the methodology tests the disinfectant product in combination with the distribution system (vapour, aerosol, mist, fog, etc. generator) in a room scenario.
Bioquell’s HPV bio-decontamination system has been tested to and passed NF T 72-281 (2014).
Silver Nitrate-containing biocides – is your infection control system legal?
BPR - Are your HPV cycle times legal?
Hydrogen peroxide-based decontamination systems come with different concentrations,
distribution techniques (vapour, aerosol, mist, etc.) as well as with various cycle phases/
times. This white paper reviews the claims made by manufacturers in terms of cycle times
and gives end-users some advice on how to test a system before purchase.
BPR - Formaldehyde – how long has it got left?
On the 1st January 2016, the EU officially adopted the reclassification of formaldehyde,
under the CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) Regulations EC 1272/2008, as a
Class 1B Carcinogen and Class 2 Mutagen. In simple terms, a Class 1B identification means that formaldehyde is presumed to have carcinogenic potential in humans – i.e. it is thought to cause cancer.
Has your MSC been fully decontaminated
Following the introduction of new Biocidal Product Regulations (BPR) and the indications
from the Health & Safety Executive that formaldehyde fumigation is likely to be banned,
there is an increasing number of fogger/mister/sprayer decontamination systems appearing on the market which claim to have the same efficacy as hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) systems when decontaminating Microbiological Safety Cabinets (MSCs).