The guidance document for the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) Volume II – Efficacy Assessment and Evaluation (Parts B+C) has been updated. The update covers the chapter on disinfectants for product-types 1-5.
Sections on co-formulants being potential active substances, virucidal claims, room and laundry disinfection, and disinfection of packaging before aseptic filling have been added or revised.
Appendices 1 (Claim matrices), 2 (Standards and testing methods), 3 (Test organisms) and, particularly, 4 (Overview of standards, test conditions and pass criteria) have also been updated based on recently developed and published European standards.
Here below the complete list of updates:
- Section 18.104.22.168.5 ‘Co-formulant(s) being a potential active substance’ has been added.
- Section 22.214.171.124.2, Vaccinia virus as test organism has been added;
- Section 126.96.36.199.4, information about differentiation of virucidal claims has been added;
- Section 188.8.131.52.2, information about:
- Phase 2, step 2 test used for the respective application methods has been added;
- Section 184.108.40.206 Room disinfection/automated airborne disinfection of surfaces has been updated:
- requirement for a quantitative suspension test (phase 2, step 1) has been removed;
- parameters used in efficacy tests and the parameters to be taken into account in the SPC have been revised;
- requirements for biological and chemical validation in room disinfection have been added;
- Section 220.127.116.11 Air-conditioning systems – the requirement for a quantitative suspension test (phase 2, step 1) has been removed;
- Section 18.104.22.168 Textile/laundry process disinfection has been updated:
- information about products used as disinfectants in combination with detergents has been added;
- the recommended test organisms have been added;
- Section 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199, recommendation for DVG guidelines has been added;
- Section 188.8.131.52 on Room disinfection/automated airborne disinfection of surfaces has been added.
- Section 184.108.40.206 has been amended in order to give a possibility to differentiate the contact time and dose for bacteria and yeasts for professional users;
- Section 220.127.116.11. on room disinfection/automated airborne disinfection of surfaces has been added;
- Section 18.104.22.168 on disinfection of inner surfaces in human drinking water systems, the requirements for phase 2, step 2 tests have been added;
- Section 22.214.171.124 on other uses in PT4 has been updated about requirements concerning disinfection of packaging before aseptic filling.
- Section 126.96.36.199 on disinfection at the drinking water suppliers and their water distribution systems has been updated about information of test requirements for chlorine-based disinfectants.
Appendix 1 (Table 5) is updated to reflect the changes made in Appendix 4.
Appendices 2, 3 and 4: the test requirements and test organisms are updated based on EN standards that have been published after Vol II Parts B+C Ver 3.0 was published (EN 1276:2019. EN 1650:2019, EN 1656:2019, EN 14476:2013+A2:2019, EN 17126:2018, EN 16777:2018, EN 17111:2018, EN 17122:2019, EN 17272:2020, EN 17387:2021). The main guidance text has been updated accordingly, where relevant.
In addition some corrections and editorial revisions have been made to both appendices.
In addition corrections revisions have been made as follows:
- Harmonising the abbreviation of litre into l (as in the BPR)
- Harmonising the abbreviation of colony forming units into cfu
- Harmonising the abbreviation of logarithmic into lg (instead of log)
In addition, some smaller editorial corrections for aligning the spelling have been made.