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ECHA’s Biocidal Products Committee (BPC) adopted three opinions on active substance applications
The committee recommends that methylene dithiocyanate is not approved for use in slimicides (product-type 12) as it is very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects leading to environmental risks, which cannot be mitigated. The substance is used in papermaking processes to prevent or control the growth of slime.
The committee supports the approval of (13Z)-Hexadec-13-en-11-yn-1-yl acetate, a pheromone used in repellents and attractants (product-type 19). However, it considers that the approval should be limited to the specific use and application method specified by the applying company.
On the renewal of propiconazole in wood preservatives (product-type 8), the committee concluded that as the substance is toxic to reproduction and an endocrine disruptor, it meets the exclusion criteria. However, it could be approved if one of the derogations to the exclusion criteria is met. The European Commission will take further action to gain more information on this application and the derogation to the exclusion criteria, in particular on suitable and sufficient alternatives for the different use classes.