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Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides Safety Act – Korea BPR

The Consumer Chemical Products and Biocides Safety Act, also known as K-BPR, regulates consumer chemical products, biocidal products and treated articles. The regulation came into force on 1 Jan 2019 and has been amended several times since. The Korean Ministry of Environment (MoE) is responsible for the implementation of K-BPR.

According to K-BPR, from 1 January 2020 onwards, biocidal products and treated articles containing active substances have to be fully approved before being imported and made available on the market.

Existing active substances, pre-notified under K-BPR, enjoy an approval grace period, during which they can be further manufactured and imported (e.g. as biocidal active substances or as biocidal products).

Grace peroid approval deadline

Dossier deadline (1,5 years before approval)

Product types
31 December 2022 30 June 2021 Disinfectants, algaecides, repellents, rodenticides, insecticides
31 December 2024 30 June 2023 Wood preservatives, products for controlling vertebrates, products for controlling other non-vertebrates
31 December 2027 30 June 2026 Product preservatives, product surface preservatives, fabric/leather preservatives
31 December 2029 30 June 2026 Construction material preservatives, material/equipment preservatives, embalming or taxidermist fluids, antifoulants

As a first step for approval of any active substance, an approval plan is required to be submitted to NIER (Korean National Institute of Environmental Research) 12 months after the initial notification. The approval plan is required for each active substance and product type combination. 1,5 years before the end of the respective grace period, approval dossiers have to be submitted to the MoE, providing an applicant’s plan on how to prepare the approval dossier, e.g. by entering whether fish acute toxicity data is already available, or when it will be prepared.

Biocidal products containing an existing ctive substance, have to get an approval 2 years after the active substance has been approved in the respective product types. If a product contains several active substances with different approval deadlines, the approval date of the products depends on the active substance with the last approval deadline.

Amendments of K-BPR, enforced on 24 March 2020, allow non-Korean manufacturers to appoint a South Korea-based Only Representative (OR) to handle the K-BPR obligations from January 1st, 2021.

Our K-BPR Services

In cooperation with our exclusive partner, The Safe Global, in Seoul, we take care of your regulatory needs for the registration of biocidal active substances and products under K-BPR. We are best equipped to deal with Korean IT tools (e.g. “K-BPR IT”), dossier preparation and risk assessment including intelligent testing strategies, read-across, data bridging, etc.

Our services' overview:

  • Developing individual regulatory strategy, including testing strategies
  • Study planning and monitoring
  • Preparing and submitting approvals, incl. follow up and defense
  • Communicating with responsible registration authorities and Korean downstream users
  • Only Representative and consortia management support
  • Local support via our exclusive partner
  • Translations into Korean

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