Alcohol Task Force

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The Alcohol-Task-Force

In 2001 it became obvious that no substance manufacturer of Ethanol, Propan-1-ol or Propan-2-ol would support the authorisation of the alcohols as biocidal active substances acc. to BPD/BPR. In this situation, in order to ensure the future use of alcohols as biocidal active substances, the companies Bode Chemie, B. Braun Melsungen, Ecolab, Lysoform and Schülke&Mayr decided to jointly support the authorisation process for Product Types 1, 2 and 4 on their own, and formed the Alcohol Task Force (ATF).

The group engaged the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine (ITEM) as an independent technical consultant, which, on behalf of the ATF, established the authorisation dossiers, administrated the submission to the Competent Authorities (CA), and coordinated the correspondence with the CA.

The action taken by the ATF ensured the legal use of Ethanol, Propan-1-ol and Propan-2-ol as biocidal active substances in the EU to date.

In 2013, the law firm Fieldfisher (FFW) in Brussels was selected as legal consultant for the ATF. Furthermore, FFW was appointed as ATF's Data Submitter according to BPR, coordinating the requests for data sharing.

In 2014, the ATF decided to admit the companies Accuron, AVT, Diversey, Dr. Schumacher, and FinkTec as additional members of the task force.

Our offer

The ATF is the owner of fully evaluated and assessed dossiers, on which the substance authorisations are (resp. will be) based on. The dossiers are unique to this respect and the endpoints, the substance quality, the exposure scenarios and the included risk assessment will be benchmark in the authorisation process of biocidal products. Facing the fact that

  • Companies applying for the authorisation of a biocidal product, need to refer to the data of the authorisation dossier of the active biocidal substances,
  • Companies intending to market an active biocidal substance after the 1st of September 2015, need to be listed on the ECHA-List of approved active substances suppliers (Art. 95 List), the listing being based on either an own full dossier for the substance or on a Letter of Access (LoA) to the existing authorisation dossier,

the ATF is ready to support any company to meet the company's legal obligations in the abovementioned matters.

  • For the authorisation of a biocidal product, the ATF offers LoAs to its complete dossiers, covering all endpoints, also those that are not subject to mandatory data sharing under Article 95(3) BPR. The LoAs are valid for all member states of the EU. For other products of a company with the same active substance, the costs for further LoAs confine to handling fees to cover the administrative costs.
  • For Article 95 listing, the ATF offers LoAs to its complete dossiers, including sublicensing rights in accordance with Article 95(4) BPR.

The conditions for the LoAs are based on the User Guides for data sharing that are available on ECHA's website.

List of members of the Alcohol Task Force

Accuron Biozide GmbH
Am Bahndamm 20-22
30453 Hannover

AVT Abfüll- und Verpackungstechnik GmbH
Otto-Hahn-Str. 42
42369 Wuppertal

BODE Chemie GmbH
Melanchthonstr. 27
22525 Hamburg

B. Braun Melsungen AG
Carl-Braun-Straße 1
34212 Melsungen

With its affiliate:
B. Braun Medical AG
Seesatz 17
6204 Sempach

Diversey Europe Operations B.V.
Maarssenbroeksedijk 2
3542 DN Utrecht

Dr. Schumacher GmbH
Am Roggenfeld 3
34323 Malsfeld-Beiseförth

ECOLAB Deutschland GmbH
Ecolab-Allee 1
40789 Monheim am Rhein

FinkTec GmbH
Oberster Kamp 23
59069 Hamm

Lysoform Dr. Hans Rosemann GmbH
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Str. 133
12247 Berlin

Schülke & Mayr GmbH
Robert-Koch-Str. 2
22851 Norderstedt


Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine ITEM
Nikolai-Fuchs-Strasse 1
Main entrance: Stadtfelddamm
30625 Hannover

Boulevard Louis Schmidt 29
1040 Brussels

Active Biocidal Substances supported

  • Ethanol (CAS 64-17-5, EINECS 200-578-6)
  • Propan-1-ol (CAS 71-23-8, EINECS 200-746-9)
  • Propan-2-ol (CAS 67-63-0, EINECS 200-661-7)

All three substances are supported for the following Product Types (PT) of MAIN GROUP 1: Disinfectants:

  • PT 1 Human hygiene
  • PT 2 Disinfectants and algaecides not intended for direct application to humans or animals
  • PT 4 Food and feed area