January 5, 2021
The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) officially announced on October 13, 2020, that they will back the approval of alkyl (C12-16) dimethylbenzyl ammonium chloride (ADBAC/BKC) and didecyldimethylammonium chloride (DDAC) for use as active substances in disinfectant formulations falling in the scope of product-types (PT) 3 and 4. Final BPC opinions were published on the ECHA website a few weeks later. The European Commission will adopt an implementing regulation that includes the official dates of approval and expiry of the approvals.
Product-type 3 covers the products used for veterinary hygiene purposes, such as disinfectants, disinfecting soaps, oral or corporal hygiene products or with anti-microbial function, and the products used to disinfect the materials and surfaces associated with the housing or transportation of animals.
Product-type 4 covers the products used for the disinfection of equipment, containers, consumption utensils, surfaces or pipework associated with the production, transport, storage or consumption of food or feed (including drinking water) for humans and animals and the products used to be incorporated into materials which may enter into contact with food.
What does this announcement mean for formulators?
Stepan’s selection of PT3 and PT4 supported biocides:
Stepan is here to help you remain present in disinfection and smoothly transition to this new regulation. Contact us to prepare your active substances for this new regulation.