The first public consultation under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) will be on the active substance dinotefuran as a potential candidate for substitution.
Dinotefuran, an insecticide of the neonicotinoid class, is proposed to be used in biocidal products of the product-type 18 which include insecticides, acaricides, and products to control other arthropods. It works by disrupting the nervous system of insects by inhibiting the nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.
ECHA initiated the public consultation during which third parties can submit relevant information within 60 days, including information on available alternatives. The consultation is open until 28 January 2014.
During the approval process, the evaluating competent authority will assess whether the substance is a potential candidate for substitution. If so, biocidal products containing that active substance will become subject to a comparative assessment at the time of authorization. They will only be authorized for the EU market if there are no better alternatives.
The information received, if not confidential, will be published during the public consultation.