Archive: NORMAN Workshop Berlin, November 2012
The European Biocidal Product Directive 98/8/EC (BPD) on placing biocidal products on the market was adopted in 1998 and subsequently transposed into national law by the EU member states. It will be replaced by EU regulation No 528/2012 which will be applied from September 1, 2013. A number of biocidal active substances is already authorized under the BPD (positive list in Annex I/Ia), but many of the substances are still under assessment (biocide review program). The implementation of the BPD causes a change in the use of biocidal active substances in Europe. A number of substances has already been withdrawn from the market, or will be withdrawn soon as a consequence of non-inclusion decisions. Additionally, the use of certain biocidal substances will be restricted by risk mitigation schemes.
Environmental monitoring can help in assessing whether the implementation of the BPD has positive effects on the environmental quality (Are lower concentrations detected in recent years?), whether there is a risk (Are the measured environmental concentrations below the derived PNEC?), and whether the exposure estimations applied for risk assessment are realistic (Are the modelling results consistent with the monitoring data?).
This international workshop held jointly by the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and NORMAN, a network of reference laboratories and research centers for monitoring emerging environmental pollutants (www.norman-network.net), brought together a wide range of European scientists.
The report from the workshop "Environmental monitoring of biocides in Europe - from prioritisation to measurements" (November 5–6, 2012 in Berlin) is online available and contains short summaries of the presentations, discussions and break-out group results as well as all abstracts. It can be downloaded from the NORMAN web pages at: http://www.norman-network.net/?q=node/99 [accessed January 5th 2016].
Direct link to the report: www.norman-network.net/sites/default/files/files/Events/2012/2012Nov5-6-Berlin-EnvironmMonitoringOfBiocides/final_report_workshop_biocide_monitoring_10012013.pdf [accessed January 5th 2016].