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.

The ProEconomy team.