Disinfectants & Cosmetics

bleach bottleBiocides: Detergents with a biocidal action include disinfectants, sanitisers, antimicrobials, antibacterials and any detergents with biocidal activity. Detergents that contain biocidal active substances must comply with the Biocidal Products Regulation in addition to complying with the Detergent Regulation.

The Pesticide Registration and Control Division (PRCD) of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are the responsible body for the Biocidal Products Regulation.

Detergents which contain surfactants which also have active biocidal activity and are used as disinfectants are exempt from the following provisions in the Detergents Regulation:

  1. Primary and ultimate degradation testing;
  2. Preparation of a risk assessment and the requirement to use test and analytical methods in the detergent legislation (providing the substance with biocidal activity is stated in the Biocidal Products Regulation).

Nevertheless, please note that the labelling and packaging provisions of the Detergents Regulation (Article 11 and Annex VIIA) will still apply to the packaging of biocidal detergent products.

For furtyher information please see the HSA/PRCD Information Sheet on Labelling and Packaging Requirements for Detergents and Biocidal Detergent Products.

Cosmetics: Personnel hygiene products, for example shower gels, shampoos do not fallcosmetic within the scope of the Detergent Regulation. They are regulated by Cosmetic Products Regulations (EC) No. 1223/2009 under the remit of the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) in the Department of Health and Children.