Last time you heard from us, a third wave of Covid outbreak was about to start, vaccination was slowly progressing across European countries and the microbial control industry had done a lot to ensure the availabilities of disinfectants for the protection of all. If 2020 had seen many policy projects of the European authorities delayed or postponed, it is fair to say that they delivered in this first half of the year.
First, we would like you to take note of the conclusions of the European Commission report on the implementation of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR). Overall, the report highlights that the regulatory regime for biocides in Europe is not yet fully harmonised and that it hinders innovation in the sector. The Review Programme for biocides dossiers is still significantly delayed and the call of the industry for more regulatory consistency and predictability is as relevant as ever. More on that in our article below.
Secondly, in May, the European Commission unveiled the long-awaited roadmaps for the revision of two major pieces of legislation for chemicals: the EU legislation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and the regulation for the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals (CLP). These regulations are the two cornerstones of chemicals legislation in Europe and are often used as models in non-EU countries designing their own framework.
As you would expect in this time of great policy change, the MCEC contributed to the stakeholders’ consultations on the revision of these regulations, and a full article is available below which summarises our key comments and questions to authorities. As there is no question that such major legislative changes will impact microbial control, the MCEC is anxious to see that the impact is assessed now and not at the end of the decision-making process: the industry requires regulatory predictability to operate and innovate. For optimum regulatory change it is vital that sound and thorough processes of consultation and engagement are involved.
We are now moving to summer time and things may gradually slow down a bit, but the rest of the year will remain busy for MCEC: engagement with politicians on the essential elements of microbial control, the organisation of a workshop with academics and regulators and innovative communications including the revamp of the MCEC website… Stay connected to MCEC to hear more about our work in the coming months.
MCEC President, Global Strategy and Growth Leader for IFF’s Microbial Control Business.
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