The purpose of authorisation by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration of disinfectants and teat disinfection products for the food industry and dairy farms is to check if products are sufficiently effective in removing bacteria and fungi at the concentrations indicated on the product label.
The authorisation also evaluates the human health risk of the expected transfer of chemical substances to food.
Is the product approved by the DVFA?
Food businesses and farms can ensure that the products used are approved by looking at the label, where the mandatory labelling informa if the products are approved by the DVFA as well as the authorisation number
In some cases, disinfectants and teat disinfection products for food businesses and dairy farms may be approved under the BPR with an authorisation number. The number must appear on the labelling of the product and can be found on the European Chemicals Agency (EU) homepage or on the Danish Environmental Protection Agency's database.
Go to the Environmental Protection Agency's database for control products
Go to the EU database on active substances
BMD database on biocides approved in Denmark (Bekæmpelsesmiddeldatabase)
At the website of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, you can find information about biocidal products approved for the Danish market. When searching the BMD Database (Bekæmpelsesmiddeldatabase), it is recommended to refine your data search using the filters. You can sign up as a subscriber to a newsletter by registering your email address and clicking on “sign up".
From 2025, authorisation of disinfectants and teat disinfection products for the food industry is carried out under the Biocidal Products Regulation.
Over time, the number of products authorized in the Biocidal Products Regulation will increase as more active substances are finalized by ECHA and the number of authorisations by the DVFA will therefore decrease. By 2025, all products will be authorized under the Biocidal Products Regulation and the Regulation will be fully implemented.
Recommendations for food businesses and dairy farmers on use of disinfection products
- Food Businesses Operators can check whether a given product has been approved by the DVFA by consulting the list of approved products on the public DVFA website.
- The instructions for use on the product label has to be met in order to ensure optimal food safety. Special attention should be given to: use concentration, working time, durability and whether rinsing with clean water is required.
- Cleaning and disinfection must be carried out in two separate operations.
- When using combination products (a single product containing both cleaning and disinfection content), separate operations must be carried out. Once for cleaning, and once again for disinfection.
- Disinfection products must be stored in original packaging. In addition, the products must not be stored with food.
Checklist for dairy farms on the use of teat disinfection products
- Use only teat disinfection products which are approved by the DVFA or under the BPR. Information of authorisation by the DVFA is mandatory for the labelling of the products as well as the file number / number of authorisation granted. Products approved under the BPR carry an authorisation number in accordance with the Biocidal Products Regulation. From September 2019, udder hygiene products are not subject to authorisation.
- Dairy farms can check whether a given product has been approved by the DVFA by consulting the list of approved products on the DVFA's website.
- The instructions for use on the product label must be followed in order to ensure optimal food safety. Special attention should be paid to use concentration, working time, durability and whether rinsing with clean water is required.
Contact DVFA regarding disinfectants and teat disinfectant enquiries
Enquiries about disinfectants used for surfaces that come into contact with food and in agriculture (e.g. catering, fisheries, food and agricultural businesses) and teat disinfections products can be adressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org