Emergency Use

In accordance with Article 55 of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), a Member State may authorise the making available or use of a biocidal product which is not authorised and does not fulfill the conditions of authorisation under the BPR for a period not exceeding 180 days. In such cases the making available and use of the biocidal product must be deemed absolutely neccessary to control a harmful organisms because of danger to public health, animal health or the environment and where no other means of control are available. 

Such authorisations will only be issued for a limited and controlled use under the supervision of the Competent Authority for Biocides. Where a reasoned request is made to the EU Commission the emergency use may be extended for a period not exceeding 550-days.

Application for emergency use of a unauthorised biocidal product must be made to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine through the “Contact Us” section.

Information is required on:

  • Biocidal product
  • Active substances contained in the biocidal product
  • Manufacturer and supplier of the biocidal product
  • Target organism(s) to be controlled
  • Conditions of use for the biocidal product (application rate, application method, use area, user category)
  • Justification and explanation for the grounds of emergency use (e.g. public/human health, animal health, environmental health) and that other methods are not available
  • Any other appropriate information as deemed necessary