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PR(07)30: Iceland fails to incorporate rules relating to the placing of biocidal products on the market


The EFTA Surveillance Authority has decided to send a reasoned opinion to Iceland for failure to incorporate Regulation (EC) No 1048/2005 relating to biocidal products.

Iceland should have incorporated the Regulation by 11 March 2006.

The European regulatory framework for the placing on the market of biocidal products, i.e. non-agricultural pesticides, aims to ensure a high level of protection for man and the environment and the proper functioning of the internal market. To this end, it provides, among others, for an evaluation of all active substances used in biocidal products. Regulation (EC) No 1048/2005 relates to the review programme of these substances.

Issuing a reasoned opinion is the second stage in infringement proceedings. The EFTA Surveillance Authority could bring the matter before the EFTA Court if Iceland fails to produce a satisfactory reply within three months of receiving the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Hallgrímur Ásgeirsson
Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 60; or

Ms. Claire Koeniguer
Senior Officer, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 63

4 July 2007

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