Author R. Borgmann-Strahsen
Journal Edition sofw journal 12-2019

Introduction

Control of harmful microorganisms is important in many application fields to ensure human and animal welfare and product integrity. The trend to more sustainable products/processes like use of natural based raw materials, reduction of solvents and increasing recycling of industrial water enhance the risk of microbial deterioration. Hence biocides play an important role in safeguarding our current standard of living and realizing a more sustainable future.

In Europe the making available on the market and use of biocidal products is regulated by the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) No 528/2012). It replaces the European Biocidal Product Directive (BPD, Directive 98/8/EC).

The purpose of the BPR is to improve the free movement of biocidal products within the Union while ensuring a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment.

Due to high cost involved in registration many biocidal active substances were not supported and disappeared in the meantime from the market. Others were not approved in the still ongoing BPR review process. Hazard labelling according to Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP regulation), e.g. as sensitizer, mutagen or carcinogen lead to further decrease of appropriate actives. Last, but not least, also public opinion plays an important role in acceptance of active substances.

All these factors resulted in strong decrease of available active substances for specific application fields and increasing risk falling below an adequate number of different molecules for safe and effective biocide applications.

In this article we will explore the particular performance characteristics that make Triameen® Y12D such an interesting and differentiated biocide for use in disinfection and preservation today.

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