The Biocidal Products Service of the FPS Public Health closely monitors the Belgian biocidal products market in order to reduce the impact of biocidal products on our health and the environment.
The Biocidal Products Service of the FPS Public Health is responsible for the implementation and coordination of the biocidal products legislation in Belgium. At the European level, the Biocidal Products Service is the competent authority for Belgium with regard to the availability and use of biocidal products.
In this context, our mission can be summarised as follows:
- We evaluate biocidal products and their active substances to ensure that they are safe for humans, animals and the environment.
- We grant national registrations and European authorisations for making biocidal products available on the market in Belgium.
- We manage and monitor the use of hazardous biocidal products.
- We record data on products, users and sellers.
- We provide policy support, draft legislation and apply the correct regulations.
- We inform citizens and professionals and answer their questions about biocidal products.
- We negotiate in a transparent manner with stakeholders regarding the sale and use of biocidal products.
- We work together with inspection authorities, other government services and with our international partners.
The Biocidal Products Service is committed to ensuring a safe and sustainable use of biocidal products. In this way, we protect the health of citizens and their environment. In our evaluations, we integrate the precautionary principle and pay particular attention to the protection of vulnerable groups.
As a network organisation, we prefer to engage in a constructive and open dialogue with all our partners. We perform our tasks to a high standard and strive to be a point of reference at the national and international level. Independence, reliability, transparency and participation are central to the functioning of our service and the performance of our tasks.
The Biocidal Products Service is divided into six teams, each with its own team leader:
- Four Registrations and Authorisations Teams
- Project Management and Communications Team
- Administration Team
The Registrations and Authorisations Teams consist of various scientists who are responsible for evaluating biocidal products and their active substances. For this, they work together in groups per area of expertise. The different expert groups focus on:
- Physical chemistry
- Ecotoxicity (the potential impact of biocidal products on the environment)
- Human toxicity (the potential impact of biocidal products on humans)
- Efficacy of biocidal products