Germany moves towards biocides compliance
The German government on Wednesday approved an ordinance setting detailed standards for classification, introduction and use of biocides. The ordinance complements a draft law being scrutinised by parliament. Together, the package is designed to bring Germany into compliance with the 1998 biocides directive nearly two years after the formal deadline for transposition.
The ordinance defines what a biocide is, sets criteria for regulatory approval of biocides and demands that if there is no alternative to biocides, they must be employed in a \"proper and professional way.\" It also requires a safety warning on all biocidal products, which include wood preservatives, disinfectants, pesticides, rat poison and anti-fouling ship paints.
Germany is far from alone in transposing the biocides directive late. In February 2001, 11 member states - including Germany - were sent final warnings of court action (ED 20/02/01). Earlier this year the European Commission launched a court case against France; Luxembourg moved the final step towards a court condemnation earlier this month (ED 07/03/02).
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