Biocidal products are pesticides used to deter, render harmless or destroy unwanted organisms. Along with plant protection products, biocidal products fall under the heading of pesticides.
Biocidal product or not?
Is it a biocidal product and thus subject to the strict rules set out in the Biocidal Products Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 528/2012), or not? Sometimes, the European definition of a biocide can provide the answer. In other cases, an assessment must be made based on official guidelines, for example for borderline products and articles treated with biocidal products.
Free-circuit or closed-circuit biocidal products
Biocidal products that pose a high risk to health are classified as closed-circuit products. They may be poisonous, carcinogenic or toxic to reproduction. Consequently, these biocidal products are mostly reserved for professional users.
Free-circuit biocidal products pose fewer risks. Users do not need to wear personal protective equipment when using these products.
List of authorised biocidal products
Only biocidal products authorised by the federal government may be made available on the Belgian market. You can find these products on the list of authorised biocidal products. This list also indicates whether or not the biocidal product is a closed-circuit product and for whom it is intended.
Are you unsure whether a biocidal product is a closed-circuit product or whether it is authorised in Belgium?