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Document 32012L0002

Commission Directive 2012/2/EU of 9 February 2012 amending Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council to include copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide and basic copper carbonate as active substances in Annex I thereto Text with EEA relevance

OJ L 37, 10.2.2012, p. 60–64 (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 13 Volume 034 P. 299 - 303

No longer in force, Date of end of validity: 31/08/2013; Repealed by 32012R0528

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/dir/2012/2/oj

10.2.2012   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

L 37/60


COMMISSION DIRECTIVE 2012/2/EU

of 9 February 2012

amending Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council to include copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide and basic copper carbonate as active substances in Annex I thereto

(Text with EEA relevance)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

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,

Whereas:

(1)

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 copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide and basic copper carbonate for use in product type 8, wood preservatives, as defined in Annex V to that Directive.

(2)

Pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 1451/2007, copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide and basic copper carbonate have been evaluated in accordance with Article 11(2) of Directive 98/8/EC for use in product type 8.

(3)

France was designated as rapporteur Member State and submitted the competent authority reports, together with recommendations, to the Commission in accordance with Article 14(4) and (6) of Regulation (EC) No 1451/2007 on 10 May 2007 for copper (II) oxide, on 19 February 2008 for copper (II) hydroxide, and on 10 May 2007 and 19 February 2008 for basic copper carbonate.

(4)

The competent authority reports were reviewed by the Member States and the Commission. In accordance with Article 15(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1451/2007, the findings of the reviews were incorporated, within the Standing Committee on Biocidal Products on 22 September 2011, in an assessment report.

(5)

It appears from the evaluations that biocidal products used as wood preservatives and containing copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide or basic copper carbonate may be expected to satisfy the requirements laid down in Article 5 of Directive 98/8/EC. It is therefore appropriate to include copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide and basic copper carbonate in Annex I to that Directive.

(6)

Not all potential uses have been evaluated at Union level. It is therefore appropriate to require that Member States assess those uses or exposure scenarios and those risks to human populations and to environmental compartments that have not been representatively addressed in the Union level risk assessment and, when granting product authorisations, ensure that appropriate measures are taken or specific conditions imposed in order to reduce the identified risks to acceptable levels.

(7)

In view of the risks identified for human health, it is appropriate to require that safe operational procedures are established for products containing copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide or basic copper carbonate and authorised for industrial use, and that those products are used with appropriate personal protective equipment, unless it can be demonstrated in the application for product authorisation that risks to industrial users can be reduced to an acceptable level by other means.

(8)

Copper (II) hydroxide and basic copper carbonate were also evaluated for application by dipping, and should, in view of the risks identified for human health, not be authorised for that use, unless data is submitted to demonstrate that the product will meet the requirements of Article 5 and Annex VI, if necessary by the application of appropriate mitigation measures. For copper (II) oxide, application by dipping was not assessed, and it follows from the requirement referred to in recital 6 that products cannot be authorised for such application unless the authorising Member State assesses it.

(9)

Unacceptable risks for the environment were identified in the case of wood treated with copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide or basic copper carbonate and used for outdoor constructions near or above water (the ‘bridge’ scenario in use class 3, as defined by OECD (3)). For basic copper carbonate and copper (II) oxide, unacceptable risks were also found for in-service use of treated wood in contact with fresh water (use class 4b as defined by OECD). It is therefore appropriate to require that products are not authorised for the treatment of wood intended for those uses, unless data is submitted demonstrating that the product will meet the requirements of both Article 5 of and Annex VI to Directive 98/8/EC, if necessary by the application of appropriate risk mitigation measures. For copper (II) hydroxide, wood in contact with fresh water was not assessed, and it follows from the requirement referred to in recital 6 above that products cannot be authorised for that use unless the authorising Member State assesses it.

(10)

In view of the risks identified for the aquatic and soil compartments, it is appropriate to require that freshly treated timber is stored after treatment under shelter or on impermeable hard standing, or both, and that any losses from the application of products used as wood preservatives and containing copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide or basic copper carbonate are collected for reuse or disposal.

(11)

The provisions of this Directive should be applied at the same time in all Member States in order to ensure equal treatment on the Union market of biocidal products containing the active substances copper (II) oxide, copper (II) hydroxide and basic copper carbonate, and also to facilitate the proper operation of the biocidal products market in general.

(12)

A reasonable period should be allowed to elapse before an active substance is included in Annex I to Directive 98/8/EC in order to permit Member States and 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.

(13)

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

(14)

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

(15)

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

HAS ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:

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 January 2013 at the latest, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive.

They shall apply those provisions from 1 February 2014.

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, 9 February 2012.

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.

(3)  OECD series on emission scenario documents, Number 2, Emission Scenario Document for Wood Preservatives, part 2, p. 64.


ANNEX

In Annex I to Directive 98/8/EC, the following entries are added:

No

Common name

IUPAC 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)

‘50

Copper hydroxide

Copper (II) hydroxide

EC No: 243-815-9

CAS No: 20427-59-2

965 g/kg

1 February 2014

31 January 2016

31 January 2024

8

When assessing the application for authorisation of a product in accordance with Article 5 and Annex VI, Member States shall assess, where relevant for the particular product, those uses or exposure scenarios and those risks to human populations and to environmental compartments that have not been representatively addressed in the Union level risk assessment.

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

(1)

Products shall not be authorised for application by dipping, unless data have been submitted in the application for product authorisation demonstrating that that application meets the requirements of Article 5 and Annex VI, if necessary by the application of appropriate risk mitigation measures.

(2)

For products authorised for industrial use, safe operational procedures shall be established, and products shall be used with appropriate personal protective equipment unless it can be demonstrated in the application for product authorisation that risks to industrial users can be reduced to an acceptable level by other means.

(3)

Labels and, where provided, safety data sheets of products authorised shall indicate that freshly treated timber shall be stored after treatment under shelter or on impermeable hard standing, or both, to prevent direct losses to soil or water, and that any losses from the application of the product shall be collected for reuse or disposal.

(4)

Products shall not be authorised for treatment of wood that will be used in outdoor constructions near or above water, unless data is submitted to demonstrate that the product will meet the requirements of Article 5 and Annex VI, if necessary by the application of appropriate mitigation measures.

51

Copper (II) oxide

Copper (II) oxide

EC No: 215-269-1

CAS No: 1317-38-0

976 g/kg

1 February 2014

31 January 2016

31 January 2024

8

When assessing the application for authorisation of a product in accordance with Article 5 and Annex VI, Member States shall assess, where relevant for the particular product, those uses or exposure scenarios and those risks to human populations and to environmental compartments that have not been representatively addressed in the Union level risk assessment.

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

(1)

For products authorised for industrial use, safe operational procedures shall be established, and products shall be used with appropriate personal protective equipment unless it can be demonstrated in the application for product authorisation that risks to industrial users can be reduced to an acceptable level by other means.

(2)

Labels and, where provided, safety data sheets of products authorised shall indicate that freshly treated timber shall be stored after treatment under shelter or on impermeable hard standing, or both, to prevent direct losses to soil or water, and that any losses from the application of the product shall be collected for reuse or disposal.

(3)

Products shall not be authorised for treatment of wood that will be used in outdoor constructions near or above water or for the treatment of wood in contact with fresh water, unless data is submitted to demonstrate that the product will meet the requirements of Article 5 and Annex VI, if necessary by the application of appropriate mitigation measures.

52

Basic copper carbonate

Copper(II) carbonate-copper(II) hydroxide (1:1)

EC No: 235-113-6

CAS No: 12069-69-1

957 g/kg

1 February 2014

31 January 2016

31 January 2024

8

When assessing the application for authorisation of a product in accordance with Article 5 and Annex VI, Member States shall assess, where relevant for the particular product, those uses or exposure scenarios and those risks to human populations and to environmental compartments that have not been representatively addressed in the Union level risk assessment.

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

(1)

Products shall not be authorised for application by dipping, unless data have been submitted in the application for product authorisation demonstrating that that application meets the requirements of Article 5 and Annex VI, if necessary by the application of appropriate risk mitigation measures.

(2)

For products authorised for industrial use, safe operational procedures shall be established, and products shall be used with appropriate personal protective equipment unless it can be demonstrated in the application for product authorisation that risks to industrial users can be reduced to an acceptable level by other means.

(3)

Labels and, where provided, safety data sheets of products authorised shall indicate that freshly treated timber shall be stored after treatment under shelter or on impermeable hard standing, or both, to prevent direct losses to soil or water, and that any losses from the application of the product shall be collected for reuse or disposal.

(4)

Products shall not be authorised for treatment of wood that will be used in outdoor constructions near or above water, or for the treatment of wood in direct contact with fresh water, unless data is submitted to demonstrate that the product will meet the requirements of Article 5 and Annex VI, if necessary by the application of appropriate mitigation measures.’


(1)  For the implementation of the common principles of Annex VI, the content and conclusions of assessment reports are available on the Commission website: http://ec.europa.eu/comm/environment/biocides/index.htm


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