Biocidal products are used to control unwanted organisms that are harmful to human or animal health, or that cause damage to human activities. These harmful organisms include pests (e.g. insects, rats or mice) and microorganisms (e.g. moulds or bacteria). Biocidal products include:
- insecticides (except those used for plant protection purposes which are regulated by Regulation (EU) No 1107/2009)
- insect repellents
- preservatives for materials such as wood, plastics and fibres
- anti-fouling paints for the protection of ship hulls.
The Biocidal Product Regulation, concerns the placing on the market and use of those biocidal products, which are used to protect humans, animals, materials or articles against harmful organisms, like pests or bacteria, by the action of the active substances contained in the biocidal product.