EC slams 11 EU member states over biocides

19 February 2001 16:06  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (CNI)--The European Commission (EC) said Monday it is to take further legal steps against 11 member states over their failure to implement the biocides directive.

It said it would send a second warning letter (or 'reasoned opinion') to France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, UK, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Finland. A second warning letter is usually the final step before the EC prosecutes a member state before the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The biocides directive (98/8/EC on the placing of biocidal products on the market) sets environmental and safety standards for biocides and derives from an earlier directive setting up an authorisation system for plant protection products.

The new directive requires member states to implement legislation for products which control organisms harmful to human or animal health, and also those which attack natural or manufactured products. The national legislation deadline for implementation expired in May 2000.

By: Anna Jagger
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