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Consultation Launched for Potential Substitution of Cholecalciferol in Rodenticides

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In accordance with Article 10(1) of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has initiated a consultation process to assess the potential substitution of the active substance Cholecalciferol, commonly used in rodenticides. This move follows the identification of Cholecalciferol as a candidate for substitution by the evaluating competent authority, Sweden, based on specific criteria outlined in Article 10(1) of the BPR.

The consultation, which began on September 8, 2023, and will run for a period of 60 days until November 7, 2023, aims to gather information and insights regarding the availability of substitutes or alternatives to Cholecalciferol in rodenticides. During this process, the following information is being made public:

  • Substance identity (name and EC/CAS numbers)
  • Product type(s)
  • Evaluating competent authority
  • Intended uses
  • Condition(s) of Article 10(1) that are met

Cholecalciferol, with an EC Number of 200-673-2 and CAS Number 67-97-0, is primarily used for the professional and trained professional control of mice and rats in and around buildings. The conditions of Article 10(1) that are met include Article 10(1)(a) - meeting exclusion criteria listed in Article 5(1) but may be approved in accordance with Article 5(2), and Article 10(1)(e) - reasons for concern linked to the nature of critical effects.

Interested third parties have the opportunity to submit relevant information during this consultation period via a secure web-form. The information can be either non-confidential or confidential, with justifications required for any claims of confidentiality. Confidential information will only be accessible to members of the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC), Member State competent authorities, and the BPC Secretariat in ECHA. Non-confidential comments will also be published on the dedicated pages of the ECHA website.

Following the consultation period's conclusion, the Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) will consider both confidential and non-confidential information received before finalizing its opinion on the potential substitution of Cholecalciferol in rodenticides. This consultation underscores the importance of gathering comprehensive data on potential alternatives to support the authorization of biocidal products, ensuring safety and efficacy in pest control measures.

For more information and to participate in the consultation, please visit the dedicated ECHA website page.


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