The basic principle in the Biocidal Products Regulation ((EU) No 528/2012 (BPR)) is that a biocidal product (BP) must be authorised before it can be made available on the market or used in the European Union (EU)/ European Economic Area (EEA).
This takes place in two consecutive steps. As the first step, the active substance is evaluated and, provided the criteria are fulfilled, is then approved in a specified product-type (PT). The second step is the authorisation of each BP consisting of, containing or generating the approved active substance(s).
This document concerns the first step, approval of active substances.