K-BPR Updates: Korea Initiates National Biocides Survey

EU's 22-type Classification is likely to be adopted under K-BPR

K-PBR Updates: Korea Initiates National Biocides SurveyOn 9 Apr 2018, the Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE) opened a10-day investigation on biocidal substances used in biocidal products. Korean manufacturers and importers of biocidal products at or above medium-size are requested to fill and submit a questionnaire by 18 April. This move is will serve as a foundation for implementation of the pre-approval system introduced by “Law 15511-Act on the safety Management of Household Chemical Products and Biocides” which begins on the 1st of Jan 2019.

Companies will have to submit toxicity data prior to production and importation and there is a considerable burden associated with generating and purchasing such data, as well as repeated animal tests. To thoroughly investigate biocidal substances used in the biocides market, Korean MOE will collect the following data from biocides companies:

  • Company Information: name, owner, company type and type code;
  • Contact Information: contact person, organization, phone number;
  • Product Information: use site, major category, sub category, and type of product, formulation type, annual output and domestic sales;
  • Information on biocidal substance in the product: name, CAS number, content, annual use amount, availability of GLP test data on 28-day dermal toxicity and 90-day inhalation and solvent if applicable;

Up to now, Korea has not yet released any document regarding the definition and classification of biocides. It was also revealed from the questionnaire that Korea would follow a 3-layer system on product classification and final subdivision would be the same as EU:

Major Category


Biocide Product Type

Product of concern


Product-type 1: Human hygiene

Product-type 2: Disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals

Product-type 3: Veterinary hygiene

Product-type 4: Food and feed area

Product-type 5: Drinking water

Product-type 6: Preservatives for products during storage

Product-type 7: Film preservatives

Product-type 8: Wood preservatives

Product-type 9: Fibre, leather, rubber and polymerised materials preservatives

Product-type 10: Construction material preservatives

Product-type 11: Preservatives for liquid-cooling and processing systems

Product-type 12: Slimicides

Product-type 13: Working or cutting fluid preservatives

Product-type 14: Rodenticides

Product-type 15: Avicides

Product-type 16: Molluscicides, vermicides and products to control other invertebrates

Product-type 17: Piscicides

Product-type 18: Insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods

Product-type 19: Repellents and attractants

Product-type 20: Control of other vertebrates

Product-type 21: Antifouling products

Product-type 22: Embalming and taxidermist fluids

Insect Repellent


Salt Preparation


Extirpators, inhibitors, repellents and insect-attracting pesticides for flies and mosquitoes

Repellent agent

External disinfectant

Protective insecticide

Preventative rodenticide

Disinfectant in the form of alcohol, aldehyde, cresol, and soap preparation

Other preparations used for the purpose of prevention

Reference Link

KETI News Release(in Korean)

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