Disinfectant Regulations and Tests

Blog | 7 January 2020

The work we carry out with our customers developing and implementing their hygiene solutions across food and beverage, food processing, and dairy processing sectors includes recommending the most efficient and effective disinfectant products to use, how they are applied and how to use them.


As such, the Holchem team also advises on various regulations and tests associated with disinfectants.  They are regulated under the Biocidal Product Regulation and a number of approval schemes. 


In the 1990s, it was recognised in the EU, that a common system of disinfectant approval was needed, the result was the Biocidal Products Directive (BPD). This provided a system that would give a common approval for Biocides in all EU member states. The Biocidal Products Directive was later updated to become the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) 528/2012). It is expected that once the UK leaves the EU, BPR will be written into UK law and will still apply, although at the time of writing, there is much uncertainty as to how this will work.


An approval processes in the UK is the DEFRA (previously MAFF) approval of disinfectants for diseases of animals. Strictly this is not applicable to food production plants, but because it relates to the housing and transportation of livestock, food plants are often captured via lairage areas or the need to disinfect vehicles.


For further information on disinfectants and the various EN test methods please visit the disinfectant regulation and tests page on our website.