New regulation for biocidal products launches
Biocides are chemicals and compounds designed to kill microbes but their misuse can create more potent and resilient strains of bacteria and mould, creating a long term health risk for us all. The EU’s Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) is designed to stop manufacturers from adding biocides to products where the benefits are marginal and the 1st of September 2016 is set to be a landmark day in its implementation.
From the 1st of September all products that contain an active biocidal substance will be classified as “treated articles” and fall under the scope of the BPR. If a product is affected then the manufacturers will be forced to disclose a list of all active substances as part of the product labelling.
Biocides can be added to a product for a number of different reasons. They can be used to protect the product itself from decay or they can be used to stop bacteria or mould growing in a product that could then contaminate the surrounding environment.
Much like anti-biotics, when used correct biocides can help to reduce the risks of disease and ill health but when used irresponsibly they could potentially have the opposite effect which is why the law on their use is beginning to change.
As of the 1st of September the label of a product treated with biocides must contain a statement that the treated article incorporates biocidal products and also the biocidal property attributed to the article. The label must also state the name of all active substances contained in the biocidal products used.
Compliance with Kaiflex
For Kaimann products compliance with the BPR was easy – since there are no biocides used in the manufacture of Kaiflex we are not obliged to make any changes to our product labelling.
Kaiflex does not require biocidal additives. With a closed cell structure, Kaiflex insulation resists moisture ingress and provides no source of nutrition for bacterial or mould growth. This is why Kaiflex is able to achieve a Class 1 anti-bacterial growth and Class 1 anti-mould growth rating when tested against ISO 847 without the need for a potentially harmful biocidal compound.