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EU supports UK risk assessment on biocidal product by Nick Boley

The European Commission has rejected the refusal of authorisations of biocidal products containing bromadiolone notified by Germany in accordance with Directive 98/8/EC. Bromadiolone is used in products belonging to product-type 14, Rodenticides.

The German authorities objected to the risk assessment carried out by the UK, which comprised the derivation of a dermal absorption value which was considered to resemble more closely the actual exposure conditions for professional users loading wax blocks in bait stations.

This ruling validates the preferred UK approach of risk assessments which take into account the actual pattern of use of any substances requiring assessment, rather than looking solely at the hazardous nature of a substance, which is commonplace in some EU Member States.

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