In order to lead a company, you’ve got to get everybody on the same page and you’ve got to be able to have a vision of where you’re going. – Jack Welch, CEO General Electric, from 1981-2001.
This is the principle which the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) is following lately, when it recently announced a new regulation for the Biocides market. As stated in the Article 3 of Biocidal Product Regulations (BPR) under ECHA, a biocide is an element containing one or more active substances with the power of deterring the biological infestation or growth of harmful organisms. Since, these are intended to kill harmful organisms; they also pose high risk to human health. Hence, there should be a protective legacy in handling these biocides.
Now, this is the main reason why ECHA has come up with a regulation like this. According to the agency, all the manufacturers producing biocides in the European Union (EU) should be in parity with the costs these chemicals render. The supplier of a biocidal product (BP) should have a dossier containing a letter of access, the adequacy of which would be checked by the authority. From September 1, 2015, in order to be a part of the EU, a BP supplier must be entitled to be in the ARTICLE 95 List, failing which, the product will be banned.
The people concerned with the above regulation are manufacturers, suppliers and industries such as oil fields, water treatment plants and more. The global demand for biocides is estimated to raise manifold. With much stricter rules and regulations, the manufacturers are looking forward for measures to control cost and bring in more innovative and natural BPs, while also taking care of all the regulations.