Seajet has prepared its products as BRP ready 'for years'
Under the Biocidal Products Regulation, manufacturers had a deadline of December 31 2017 to submit their product dossiers to the relevant competent authority.
For the manufacturers, this was more red tape that had to be complied with and for retailers this means that any paint for which a dossier has not be submitted can only be sold up until the end of June 2018. Consumers must use the paint before December 2018.
Formal evaluation of products permitted under BPR is now taking place however final decisions by the competent authorities could take years.
“The BPR deadline has caused a rather confusing reaction from manufacturers,” said Robin Mace, general manager of Marine & Industrial and UK distributor of Seajet paint and antifoul.
“Some manufacturers have changed the name, the content formulation and increased the expected prices of some of their antifoul product lines, much to the annoyance of retailers, or so they tell us.”
Instead, he says Seajet has been preparing its products as being ‘BPR ready’ for several years with products such as its 033 Shogun continuing to sell well.
“As UK distributor, we have not had to incur any last-minute changes to names or formulations and have maintained a total consistent supply of product type, product name and product supply and will continue to do so until BPR decisions have been made,” he said.
“Retail customers have told us how pleased they are about the fact they have not had to re-print brochures and amend their websites with different product names.”
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