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Q&A disinfection products (general)

Read general questions and answers about disinfection products for the food industry


What are​​ product types?

Biocidal products are categorized into 22 product-types and four main groups. The categorization is based on the characteristics of the products. The active substances that may be used in the different product types differ. If an active substance is not approved for use in a product-type, then this active substance/product-type combination is not legal and therefore cannot be approved. It is therefore essential that you know which product type your product belongs to, so that you know which active substances are allowed. The DVFA approves certain products within main goup  1, which deal with disinfectants and are categorized in product types 3 and 4.

What is the nation​​al authorisation system?

In Denmark, during the transitional period, surface disinfectants for the food industry and teat disinfection products are regulated by Order No 859 of 23 August 2019 - also known as the national authorisation  scheme.

 

What is the transition pe​​riod?

Active substances used in disinfectants are subject to the review programme by the BPR. During the review, a transitional period takes place during which disinfectants are subject to the national legislation of the member states, pending authorisation of all active substances at EU level. In Denmark, national legislation  regulates the authorisation of disinfectants for the food industry and teat disinfection products. Once all the active substances contained in a product have been approved under the BPR, the transitional period will no longer apply and the product must be approved in accordance with the BPR.

 

How do I find th​​​e authorisation status of an active substance?

The status of an active substance – in particular the date of possible EU authorisation– can be found on the ECHA website.

 

Where can I see which ​​​​​disinfectants and teat disinfection products are approved under the national authorisation scheme?

If the product is approved by the DVFA, it will be indicated on the labelling of the product. Before marketing, disinfection products covered by the national authorisation

scheme must be approved by the DVFA and information of this authorisation

 is required to be specified on the labelling, as well as the file number (also called authorisation  number) which refers to the authorisation. Authorisations issued by the DVFA can also be found on the DVFA's list of approved disinfectants and approved teat dips and teat sprays. The DVFA also has a list of approved udder hygiene products.  Please note that from 1 September 2019 the udder hygiene products are no longer approved and the list is therefore no longer updated.

 

What are the requirements for dis​​​​​infectants/teat disinfection products during the transitional period?

If your product contains active substances that are still under assessment, the product is still subject to the transitional regime. Under the transitional regime, disinfectants and teat disinfection products are regulated by the national

authorisation  scheme. The product shall therefore:

  • Be notified to the Danish Working Environment Authority's product register.
  • Be approved by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and comply with .Order No 859 of 23 August 2019 on the
  • authorisation  of disinfectants, etc. in food businesses, etc.
  • Be in compliance with the Chemicals Act
  • Contain active substances from an active substance supplier which is registered in the Article 95 list.


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