To avoid over-use of antimicrobial substances, which may lead to the development of resistance in bacteria, it is important to limit the content of biocides in the products.
The product shall not be intended to have an antimicrobial function, i.e it may only contain biocides in order to preserve the product or the raw material in the product.
- Labellings that fulfils the requirement, for example:
License in accordance with the Good Environmeltal Choice Criteria for Cosmetic products, version 2018:1
License in accordance with the Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for Cosmetic products, version 3.3
- The product's declaration of contents
- The product's label or product sheet where it appears that the product is not marketed as a biocidal product.
- Other verification showing that the requirement is met
This requirement can be verified by label or product data sheet. Check that the label / product data sheet is not marketed with claims of biocide effects or similar.
Biocide is Latin and means life killer. It is a chemical or biological pesticide with the purpose to prevent animals, plants or microorganisms, including viruses, from causing injury or inconvenience to human health or property damage.
A small amount of biocide is necessary in order to preserve most chemical-technical products, but overuse of antimicrobial substances could lead to development of resistance. The purpose of this requirement is to prevent biocides being added to products where there is no need. The requirement allows a certain amount of preservative to preserve the product.
This requirement can be verified with the product's label or product sheet. More information on this can be found under “follow-up”.
Biocidal products such as disinfectants are not covered by these criteria.
The requirements for chemical-technical products are mainly set for the properties of products and the substances contained, and only in exceptional cases are requirements set for limiting individual specified substances. The intention with this approach is to stimulate technical development so that the environmental and health characteristics of chemical-technical products are continuously improved. Another important idea behind the criteria is to combine the lifecycle perspective with a risk perspective, in other words, focusing on aspects where there is significant risk of substances contained impacting on health or the environment. In some cases, specific relevant exceptions from the requirements are stated.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
Current KravID: 11097
Version date: 6/16/2014 12:00:00 AM