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The Biocides team is the longest established and leading team of its kind in the EU. Benefiting from a wealth of knowledge amassed over decades, the Biocides team is unsurpassed in legal expertise and experience.

Notable highlights:

  • We have several cases pending before the European Courts on complex issues like data sharing, data protection, inclusion on the list of authorised suppliers and competition issues. We represent members of the Alcohol Task Force in these litigations.
  • We are actively involved in the establishment and running of several biocidal product consortia for biocidal products containing permethrin, sodium hypochlorite, salt, peracetic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The consortia involve competing companies coming together to share costs in the development of biocidal products dossiers, and membership numbers typically range from 4-35 companies. In drafting the consortium agreement and running the consortia, our team has to pay particular attention to avoid commercially sensitive information exchange, while at the same time addressing the varying perspectives of individual member companies.
  • We manage and serve as legal secretary several biocide task forces, among which is the EU Silver Task Force. The silver dossier is commonly known as the most complex dossier in the EU review programme, comprising 8 different silver forms and 13 participating companies.
  • Through our legal consultancy, we succeeded in having the European Commission change the dossier submission deadlines for several active substance/ product type combinations in the review programme to the great relief of its clients. One example is the active substance Terbutryn.
  • We were involved, with ECHA and the European Commission, in the drafting of guidance documents for SME’s on data sharing, letters of access and consortia formation for product authorisation purposes.