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Document 32010L0051

Commission Directive 2010/51/EU of 11 August 2010 amending Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council to include N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide as an active substance in Annex I thereto Text with EEA relevance

OJ L 211, 12.8.2010, p. 14–16 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)
Special edition in Croatian: Chapter 03 Volume 065 P. 189 - 191

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/08/2013; Repealed by 32012R0528




Official Journal of the European Union

L 211/14


of 11 August 2010

amending Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council to include N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide as an active substance in Annex I thereto

(Text with EEA relevance)


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998 concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market (1), and in particular the second subparagraph of Article 16(2) thereof,



Commission Regulation (EC) No 1451/2007 of 4 December 2007 on the second phase of the 10-year work programme referred to in Article 16(2) of Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market (2) establishes a list of active substances to be assessed, with a view to their possible inclusion in Annex I, IA or IB to Directive 98/8/EC. That list includes N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (hereinafter ‘DEET’).


Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1451/2007, DEET has been evaluated in accordance with Article 11(2) of Directive 98/8/EC for use in product-type 19, repellents and attractants, as defined in Annex V to that Directive.


Sweden was designated as Rapporteur Member State and submitted the competent authority report, together with a recommendation, to the Commission on 30 November 2007 in accordance with Article 14(4) and (6) of Regulation (EC) No 1451/2007.


The competent authority report was reviewed by the Member States and the Commission. In accordance with Article 15(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1451/2007, the findings of the review were incorporated, within the Standing Committee on Biocidal Products on 11 March 2010, in an assessment report.


It appears from the examinations made that biocidal products used as repellents or attractants and containing DEET may be expected to satisfy the requirements laid down in Article 5 of Directive 98/8/EC. It is therefore appropriate to include DEET in Annex I to that Directive.


In the light of the findings of the assessment report, it is appropriate to require that risk mitigation measures are applied at product authorisation level to products containing DEET and used as repellents or attractants. Products intended for direct application to human skin should be labelled with instructions for use including amount and frequency of application in order to minimize primary exposure of humans. Concerns were identified during the risk assessment for human health, especially for children. Therefore, unless data is submitted to demonstrate that the product will meet the requirements of Article 5 and Annex VI when used on children, products containing DEET should not be used on children less than two years old, and use should be restricted for children between two and twelve years old, except where motivated by the risk for human health through e.g. outbreaks of insect-borne diseases. Furthermore, products should contain deterrents for ingestion.


It is important that the provisions of this Directive be applied simultaneously in all the Member States in order to ensure equal treatment of biocidal products on the market containing the active substance DEET and also to facilitate the proper operation of the biocidal products market in general.


A reasonable period should be allowed to elapse before an active substance is included in Annex I in order to permit Member States and the interested parties to prepare themselves to meet the new requirements entailed and to ensure that applicants who have prepared dossiers can benefit fully from the 10-year period of data protection, which, in accordance with Article 12(1)(c)(ii) of Directive 98/8/EC, starts from the date of inclusion.


After inclusion, Member States should be allowed a reasonable period to implement Article 16(3) of Directive 98/8/EC.


Directive 98/8/EC should therefore be amended accordingly.


The measures provided for in this Directive are in accordance with the opinion of the Standing Committee on Biocidal Products,


Article 1

Annex I to Directive 98/8/EC is amended in accordance with the Annex to this Directive.

Article 2


1.   Member States shall adopt and publish, by 31 July 2011 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive.

They shall apply those provisions from 1 August 2012.

When Member States adopt those provisions, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. Member States shall determine how such reference is to be made.

2.   Member States shall communicate to the Commission the text of the main provisions of national law which they adopt in the field covered by this Directive.

Article 3

This Directive shall enter into force on the 20th day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Article 4

This Directive is addressed to the Member States.

Done at Brussels, 11 August 2010.

For the Commission

The President

José Manuel BARROSO

(1)  OJ L 123, 24.4.1998, p. 1.

(2)  OJ L 325, 11.12.2007, p. 3.


In Annex I to Directive 98/8/EC, the following entry for the substance N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide is added:


Common Name


Identification Numbers

Minimum purity of the active substance in the biocidal product as placed on the market

Date of inclusion

Deadline for compliance with Article 16(3)

(except for products containing more than one active substance, for which the deadline to comply with Article 16(3) shall be the one set out in the last of the inclusion decisions relating to its active substances)

Expiry date of inclusion

Product type

Specific provisions (1)




EC No: 205-149-7

CAS No: 134-62-3

970 g/kg

1 August 2012

31 July 2014

31 July 2022


Member States shall ensure that authorisations are subject to the following conditions:


primary exposure of humans shall be minimized by considering and applying appropriate risk mitigation measures, including, where applicable, instructions for the amount and frequency of application of the product on human skin;


labels on products intended for application on human skin, hair or clothing shall indicate that the product is intended only for restricted use on children between two and twelve years old, and that it is not intended for use on children less than two years old, unless it can be demonstrated in the application for product authorisation that the product will meet the requirements of Article 5 and Annex VI without such measures;


products must contain deterrents for ingestion.’

(1)  For the implementation of the common principles of Annex VI, the content and conclusions of assessment reports are available on the Commission website: