Biocides are products that act against pests and bacteria. To have this effect, they often contain hazardous chemicals. If you want to know what’s in the biocides you buy and to find the most environmentally friendly options, try out our database on biocides.
- Disinfectants protect your skin and the surfaces in your home from bacteria, yeasts, fungi and viruses.
- Preservatives protect products from bacteria, yeasts and fungi.
- Pest control products protect you and your home from pests.
- Other products, such as those that protect a boat from fouling.
Look up biocidal products
Pick up a biocide, such as a hand sanitiser, a toilet cleaner or a mosquito repellent, and type its name into the search bar of ECHA’s biocidal products database. You will be able to find out where in the EU the product is authorised, what its main ingredients are and how it can be used safely. You will also have access to the assessment done by national authorities on the product’s possible risks to humans, animals and the environment.
The information in ECHA’s database can help you identify products with a more favourable profile for health and the environment. For example, if you want to find the least hazardous disinfectant available, you can run a search with the product-type ‘disinfectant’ and choose up to four products to compare. You will be able to see if any of the products contain an active substance that is considered less hazardous, or if the products contain active substances considered candidates for substitution or any substances of concern.
If you are interested in buying a mosquito repellent, you can search the database with the term ‘mosquito’ to find the products currently approved on the EU market as mosquito repellents. If you just want to know which products are authorised in your own country, you can search by market area.