Biocidal Product Families
A biocidal products family is a group of biocidal products that are used for similar purposes and contain active substances with same specifications. A biocidal product family also has specified variations in the composition of the products to ensure that the level of risk is not increased or the efficacy of the product is not reduced. This concept is a development from the concept of frame formulations under the Biocidal Products Directive 98/8/EC.
All products within a biocidal product family are covered by one authorisation under the Biocidal Products Regulation.
In other words, several biocidal products can be grouped under a single authorisation, provided that the difference in the composition among the "members" of the family remains within a specified range. The composition can be either a reduction in the active substance concentration or a variation of the concentration of non-active substances.
The replacement of non-active substances in products which are members of a product family, with other non-active substances presenting the same or lower risk, is also permitted.
However, classification, hazard and precautionary statements for all products within the biocidal product family have to be the same or less "severe" than in the product first authorised.