REGULATION (EU) No 528/2012 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 22 May 2012, concerns the making available on the market and use of biocidal products, whereby Nitrogen is included in Annex I of the Regulation, restricted to uses in limited quantities in ready-for-use canisters.
A number of institutions within the EU have invested in their own large scale treatment chambers for anoxic disinfestation. Unfortunately, as reported by ICOM and ICOMOS in March 2019, the extension of a mandatory registration of on-site generated nitrogen from September 2017 by Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012, concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products or Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), means in some countries these facilities cannot be operated legally.
EU member states are able to interpret the directive at a national level, which has resulted in institutions in a number of members states such as Austria, applying an exemption and being permitted by their national authorities to continue to use nitrogen gas for pest treatment purposes. In other member states, including the UK and Germany, governments have been more restrictive in response to the new BPR and certain large scale treatments can only be undertaken through a single registered licenced supplier.
The confusion created by the BPR, and concern for cultural heritage at risk from pest damage, has created much debate across the EU.
IIC would like to hear from members, individuals and organisations affected by these regulatory changes, and we would welcome comments to submitted via a short open survey here.
The survey runs until 27 June.