BPR: The Active Chlorine generated by Electrolysis is finally recognized as a biocide by the ECHA

On April 27, 2018, the "Biocidal Products Committee" met to deliberate on the effectiveness of four potential biocidal products. Only three of them were approved at this meeting.

  • the active chlorine generated from sodium chloride by electrolysis for disinfectants (product-types 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5);

  • the active chlorine released from hypochlorous acid for disinfectants (product-types 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5);

  • the carbendazim for preservatives (product-types 7 and 10).


This commission was set up following the Biocide Directive No 98/8 of 16/02/98 concerning the establishment of the market for biocidal products (repealed by Article 96 of Regulation (EU) No ° 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012 since 1 September 2013. (OJ L 167 of 27 June 2012) which aims to determine the rules of the Member States of the European Union by limiting the available biocides on the market to simpler cleaning products with the least risk for humans and the environment.

The minutes of the April 27th meeting validate the use of active chlorine in situ by electrolysis for TP 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 applications.

These categories include all disinfectants and algicides for human and veterinary hygiene as well as disinfectants for application to surfaces in direct contact with humans and animals.

They are mainly used to disinfect surfaces, materials, equipment and furniture. They can also be applied to human and animal skin for antimicrobial purposes.

These disinfectants can also be used for textile treatment such as dishcloths or banners used in the world of cleaning.

This method is also available by Cleanea with the coupling of a Europa. The impregnation programs carried out by Cleaner make it possible to optimize and simplify the microfibre impregnation protocol and any other textile used for cleaning. The microfibers retain their properties for 72 hours.

ECHA validates bactericidal, fungicidal, levuricidal, sporicidal and active chlorine produced by electrolysis.

Remember that biocides are not only valid by ECHA but also by ANSES, the European Commission and the DGPR.

In addition, Cleanea's red disinfectant product is registered on the database "SIMMBAD" (authorization N ° 24599 issued by ANSES for TP2 and TP4 uses) of the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, the site of referencement of all biocidal products for the French market. The Cleanea disinfectant product is therefore a real alternative to conventional biocidal products.

The ball is now in the court of the decision makers of the cleanliness sector. Will they adopt this new, healthier and more environmentally friendly product?

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