In 2012, the EU Parliament adopted Regulation (EU) No 528/2012, known as the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), to enhance the evaluation and authorization process for biocidal products. This regulation harmonizes rules for biocide availability and use, establishing criteria for active substances, product authorization, mutual recognition, and simplified procedures. By replacing directives with directly transposable and binding regulations, the BPR ensures uniform risk controls across the EU.

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