Copper essential use derogation supported

Posted on June 14, 2014


The European Commission (EC) has confirmed it intends to go forward with the essential use derogation for copper as a biocide.

We are giving this information about the HSE essential use derogation for copper as a biocide ahead of schedule.

Derogation has been supported by the EC on behalf of HSE for the use of copper as a biocide within the UK. Copper’s approval as a Legionella control biocide is pending subject to the formal announcement by the EC, which is expected in September.

The Competent Authorities of the EC met on Friday and were presented with a draft agreement for derogation. No objections were made to this draft and the formal announcement should be made in mid September.

We would like to take this opportunity to THANK our clients that have stayed loyal to us throughout this lengthy process.

If you have any questions please contact Dr Birgitta Bedford at who would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

There are also planned changes occurring to ACoP L8 and ProEconomy’s Birgitta is the industry representative for these changes.

Please click the link below to submit your comments. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Derogation for copper as a biocide has been granted by the European Commission.

HSE recognised copper as an essential element in the control of Legionella in hot and cold water systems and ProEconomy would like to thank them for their support.

Derogation has been granted for product types 2 (allowing copper as a biocide for human use) and product types 5 (allowing copper as a biocide for use in drinking water).

The essential use derogation will last until December 2014.

Companies that use copper as a biocide have formed the copper task force, which will have submitted the application for annex listing in the biocidal products directive by the summer. Once this application for annex listings is submitted the derogation will become obsolete and copper can continue to be used indefinitely.

ProEconomy prepared the essential use derogation application for the HSE and we have been at forefront of the derogation process. Moreover, as a founding member of the copper task force and the silver task force we will continue to be at the forefront of the process for annex listings for both silver and copper.

So don’t worry, everything is in hand and you are covered. Copper is back on the market and it looks set to be this way indefinitely.
We would like to thank you for your continued support through this difficult process.

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