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Introduction of Mutual Recognition Agreement Under BPT (Biocidal Product Regulation) by European Commission and Swiss Confederation: to have a Positive Effect on Biocides Trading Market

Published By : IndustryARC | Published On : 2016-02-11
The European Commission regularly reviews the implementation of the European legislations. Recently, Switzerland and European Union signed a bilateral agreement on a mutual recognition of conformity assessments for updating Biocidal products and various other construction products. This Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) came into action on April 14, 2015.

Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) has been adapted by the Swedish and the European authorities, mainly, to improvise the laboratory and manufacturing practices of Biocidal products. Due to this MRA, Switzerland will now have the same rights under Biocidal product recognition (BPR) as the other European free trade association (EFTA) countries. This will allow Switzerland to recommend for free trade authority of biocide products same as the EFTA countries. Hence, Switzerland can also generate the BPR union authorisation procedure. 

Currently, according to the European Commission analysis, the trading process is slow and complicated wherein biocides are not delivering efficiently as per the standards.  Due to this reason, MRA is mainly formed, to improve the workability of biocides legislation by proposing new regulations. This agreement is clearly about the improvisation of Biocidal information requirements, process of regulatory approvals and authorization of products. However, there is no modification on technical side of how the scientific evaluation of Biocidal product has taken place.

Main advantage of the new directive is the introduction of a new process called Union Authorization by the European authorities. This process implies that except for national authorization, all the other companies can directly approach all EU member state marketers rather than approaching individual member state. Companies also granted uniform and simplified market accessibility. All the changes in new directive are implemented by government authorities, which will lead to increasing competition and improvisation in the biocide market in short span of time. It will also help in reviewing and modification of product information and further improvisation in the process like functioning of the national authorizations. 

During this collaboration, European Chemical Agency (ECHA) also provided respective services to Swiss authorities and received a reasonable financial contribution by Switzerland, which is not disclosed. The market leaders believe that this agreement will also help in flexible trading in biocide market; and hence, all the advantages of new directive imposed through the bilateral agreement between Europe and Switzerland showcase a positive effect upon the biocides market.


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