Biocidal products contain active substances which have the ability to fight harmful microbes or pests, and thereby protect people and surfaces.

Disinfectants are a type of biocidal product falling under A.I.S.E.’s product portfolio. They provide hygiene and disinfection when and where needed, and so play a part in protecting public health and supporting wellbeing. Repellents and insecticides -  critical to help tackle the growing presence and nuisance of various troublesome insects – also fall under the scope of biocidal products and are in A.I.S.E. product portfolio.

In many parts of the world, hygiene is still a critical challenge, and lives are lost every day due to unsafe water, poor hygiene and sanitation. In Europe, hygiene standards are relatively high, but outbreaks of SARS, avian and swine flu, MRSA and more recently, SARS-CoV-2 have raised public awareness and concern about the spread of infectious diseases and the need for hygiene as a first line of defense.

Disinfectants placed on the market by A.I.S.E. members are often niche products responding to specific hygienic needs. SMEs account for more than 70% of the companies in the market, and up to 100% in some European countries.

Biocidal Products Regulation

The Biocidal Products Regulation (EU No 528/2012) that came into effect on 1 September 2013 regulates biocidal products in a harmonised way across the EU to ensure that they are safe to put on the market. It repealed and replaces the Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC.

A.I.S.E. is assisting with its implementation in several ways by contributing to discussion and activities with the European Commission, the competent authorities and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), and acting as a member of the European Biocidal Products Forum, a CEFIC sector group. A.I.S.E. supports the objective of a harmonised European market for biocidal products. When BPR entered into force, we welcomed new mechanisms such as Union authorisation, harmonised risk assessment and the concept of biocidal product families. 

Our view is that a harmonised internal market for biocidal products will help to improve product availability and provide incentives for innovation by reducing the administrative burden. It will also ensure that the same high standards for the protection of human health and the environment are applied across the European Union.

How we help  

A key focus of our efforts is to minimise barriers for manufacturers, including the numerous SMEs active in this field, for example by exploring options for joint authorisation procedures for those companies that have very similar biocidal products. 

A.I.S.E. has also developed guidance for professional users on how to use biocidal products sustainably and safely. A.I.S.E. also organises workshops for members on biocides related topics. Since a couple of years, A.IS.E. is actively engaged on the issue of future availability of preservatives, together with other downstream use associations such as CEPE (see more details here).
See also the survey report by CEFIC / A.I.S.E. / EBPF:  BPR impact on biocidal products and innovation (2016).