Lubrizol Corporation (www.lubrizol.com) says it is developing biocide compounds to meet the European Union's new, rigorous Biocide Product Directive that has prohibited the use of nearly two-thirds of the industrial biocide products previously available. The directive went into effect September 1, and requires manufacturers to register active biocidal products by July, 2007.
Lubizol said it registered its biocidal substances under the category of metalworking fluid preservatives prior to September 1, and is pursuing official authorization for their continued use.
Substances covered by the new directive include biocidal products designed to destroy harmful micro organisms that thrive in wet, high-temperature environments such as those associated with the metal working industry:
The European Union is to release a list of properly registered, authorized biocides in July, 2007. It is anticipated that there will be fewer than 300 authorized products on that list. If that proves to be true, nearly 80 percent fewer biocides will be available in the EU compared to the number available prior to September 1.