The Biocidal Products Regulation Subgroup (BPRS) works under the umbrella of ECHA’s Enforcement Forum to improve and harmonise biocides enforcement activities. We met with Francesca Ravaioli, Vice-Chair and the Italian representative in the subgroup, to find out why the group is needed and what future activities are planned.
Harmonisation adjusts inconsistencies in different practices, schedules and procedures to make them mutually compatible. This is what the subgroup aims to do for biocides enforcement throughout Europe.
Its members are representatives of national enforcement authorities, who want to develop synergies, share experiences and identify tools to exchange information. The group has also already decided to join some of the enforcement projects established by ECHA’s Enforcement Forum, originally set up to enforce REACH and CLP.
Why harmonised enforcement is needed
Harmonised enforcement of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) helps to make the interpretation of the regulation consistent at national level. This, in turn, leads to increased legal certainty for companies.
“Public health, environmental protection and fair competition between companies have to be guaranteed and, to do this, harmonised enforcement plays a key role. Harmonisation also helps the Member States roll out high-quality enforcement activities,” Ms Ravaioli explains.
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