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PR(07)08: Iceland fails to incorporate rules relating to the placing of biocidal products on the market


The EFTA Surveillance Authority today delivered a reasoned opinion to Iceland due to the failure by that State to adopt the measures necessary to ensure that Commission Regulation (EC) No 2032/2003 on the second phase of the 10-year work programme referred to in Article 16(2) of Directive 98/8/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council  concerning the placing of biocidal products on the market is made part of the Icelandic legal order.

Iceland should have incorporated the Regulation by 4 December 2004.

Regulation (EC) No 2032/2003, the so-called second Review Regulation, establishes the second phase of the review programme of the active substances of biocidal products already on the market. That review programme aims to identify and evaluate these “existing substances”. To this end, the Regulation contains lists of existing substances which have been identified and notified, specifying the product types for which they have been notified. Furthermore, it sets priorities for the evaluation of the existing active substances in the framework of the second phase of the review programme.

The purpose of the Authority’s reasoned opinion is to give the State in question a last chance to take corrective measures before the Authority decides whether to bring the matter before the EFTA Court. Iceland has been given two months to take the measures necessary to comply with the reasoned opinion.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Tuula Nieminen
Acting Director, Internal Market Affairs Directorate
Tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 67


14 March 2007

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