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EU Regulatory Bulletin May 2014

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Welcome to this month's EU Regulatory Bulletin.

The EU Commission releases a regulation for biocides renewals

On 14 May 2014, the EU Commission delegated regulation 492/2014, which supplements the Biocidal Products Regulation 528/2012 (''BPR'') as regards the rules for the renewal of authorisations of biocidal products subject to mutual recognition, was published in the  EU Official Journal (OJ 2014 L 139/1).

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The EU Commission releases a final draft of a regulation on the review programme under the BPR

On 2 May 2014, the EU Commission published a  draft Regulation, in the form of a delegated act, on the work programme for the systematic examination of all existing active substances contained in biocidal products (''the review programme'') referred to in the Biocidal Products Regulation 528/2012 (''BPR'').

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BPR challenged for the first time before the Court of Justice

On 18 March 2014, the Court of Justice of the EU (''CJEU'') delivered a judgment (C-472/12, Commission v. Parliament and Council) in which the Biocidal Product Regulation 528/2012 (''BPR'') was challenged for the first time. Specifically, the EU Commission sought the annulment of Article 80 (1) of the BPR.

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Review of MRLs under Regulation 396/2005

Following the adoption of decisions concerning the inclusion of plant protection product active substance in Annex I to Directive 91/414/EEC (now Regulation 1107/2009), the European Food Safety Authority has been reviewing existing (or setting of new) maximum residue levels (''MRLs'') pursuant to Article 12 of Regulation 396/2005 (''MRLs Regulation'').

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New penalties under the EU Pesticides Regulations in Italy

The Italian Government has recently introduced an extensive reform of the penalty system on violations of EU Regulations No 1107/2009 and No 547/2011 on plant protection products ("PPPs").

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Member State Committee reviews the first application of the prioritisation approach for SVHCs

On 8-10 April 2014, ECHA's Member State Committee (MSC) discussed during its meeting, among other items, the prioritisation results in the preparation of the 6th ECHA draft recommendation on the candidate substances of very high concern (''SVHCs'') for inclusion in the Authorization List (REACH's Annex XIV).

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Ongoing public consultations

ECHA consults on alternatives to HBCDD

ECHA is consulting on alternatives to the flame retardant, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), as part of the authorisation applications made to continue use of the substance. This consultation closes on 9 July. More information on the various steps of the consultation process can be found here.

ECHA consults on 19 testing proposals

The consultation is open until 13 June. More information can be found here.

Public consultation on potential candidates for substitution under the BPR

The consultation is open until 10 June. More information can be found here.

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