Informations on the Biocides Regulation (EU) #528/2012 from May 22nd 2012

Dear customers,

the Biocides Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) #528/2012) regulates the placing on the market and the usage of biocidal products which are used for the protection of people, animals, materials or products against harmful organisms such as pests or bacteria based on their active substances.

Concerning this Biocides Regulation (EU) #528/2012 we would like to give you a short overview so you know what a biocode is and also what major groups of biocides exist.

What is a biocide?

Biocides are substances and products which fight off pests and infestations such as insects, mice, rats but also algae, fungi or bacteria. Biocides are applied in many areas of the private or professional life, for example as antibacterial cleaning products or disinfectants, wood preservatives to mosquito spray or ant killers. In everyday life we use biocides for various purposes: to get rid of mold in houses or flats, to protect food from moths and beetles or to fight off woodworms in building materials.

Major groups

In order to legally cover this broad palette of usage biocides have been categorized into different major groups and product types (PA). Hereafter you find a short overview:

  • Major Group 1: Disinfectant

These product types include no cleaning products where a biocidal effect is not intended; this is also the case for washing liquids, washing powder and similar products.

PA1:     human hygiene

PA2:     disinfectant and algae control products

PA3:     Hygiene in the veterinary field

PA4:     food and animal feed

PA5:     drinking water

  • Major Group 2: Means of Protection

Unless otherwise indicated these product types include only products to prevent the development of microbes and algae.

PA6:     protection means for products during storage

PA7:     coating protection agents

PA8:     woods preservatives

PA9:     protection means for fibers, leather, rubber and polymerized materials

PA10:   protection means for building materials

PA11:   protection means for liquids in cooling and procedural systems.

PA12:   coating protection agents

PA13:   protection means for handling and cutting solutions

  • Major Group 3: Pesticides

PA14:   rodenticides

PA15:   avicides

PA16:   remedies against molluscs and worms and products against invertebrates

PA17:   piscicides

PA18:   insecticides, acarizides and products against other arthropods

PA19:   repellents and attractants

PA20:   products against other vertebrates

  • Major Group 4: Other Biocidal Products

PA21:   antifouling products

PA22:   liquids for embalming and taxidermy

More information on the topic of biocidal products can be found under the following link:

the so-called article 95 can be viewed under the following link:

If you have more questions on the topic of biocides regulation please feel free to contact us. Our team will gladly inform you about the current status of affected products!

The Häffner-Team


Federal Agency for Industrial Health and Safety,

European Chemicals Agency,