European Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) 528/2012
The European Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) controls the use of all biocides manufactured or sold within the European Union. It came into force on 1st September 2013 and is now law in every European member state.
The aim of the BPR is to limit the use of those biocides that are unable to meet strict requirements for efficacy (showing it really works), consumer health and safety for the environment. There are many categories of biocides ranging from hand sanitizers to wood preservatives and rodent control. Every biocide being placed on the market must now be authorised through a uniform submission and review process.
The use of other substances such as citronella oil and tea tree oil is no longer allowed in personal insect repellents as they were not notified under the BPD and are not being supported through the authorisation process.
In the United States, Citriodiol is more commonly known as Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or OLE. It was first registered with the Environmental Protection Agency in 2002 and since then it has been sold nationwide in a 30% or 40% formula. It is the only naturally sourced non-GMO repellent whose efficacy against mosquitos that carry Zika virus and West Nile virus is recognised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At Cirefine’s request the description of Citriodiol in Canada has been formally changed by PMRA from p-methane-3.8-diol and related oil of lemon eucalyptus compounds to Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, hydrated, cyclized. This new name is more consistent with chemical identification used by authorities in US, EU and other jurisdictions and emphasises that it is Citriodiol’s inclusion of the many naturally occurring components found in the botanical source that that gives its remarkable efficacy and not the PMD alone.