For the registration of biocides, we conduct efficacy tests with product groups PT 18 (insecticides, acaricides, products against other arthropods) and PT 19 (repellents and attractants) according to international standards and guidelines. If no guidelines are available for certain products or applications, we work according to test protocols based on current scientific literature.

International organisations defining guidelines and standards are e.g.:

  • American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • American Type Culture Collection (ATTCC)
  • European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Some of the guidelines which are important for us are listed below.

European Guidelines

Guidance on the Biocidal Products Regulation Volume II: Efficacy – Assessment and Evaluation (Parts B&C; Version 6.0 August 2023; ECHA).

TL 8305-0331. Vektorenschutzausrüstung für textile Flächengebilde. Technische Lieferbedingungen. Ausgabe 8, 2020. Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr.

DIN EN 17487:2021-08. Protective clothing – Garments with permethrin as-treated articles supporting the protection against tick bites (prEN 17487:2021).

EAD 040005-00-1201. Factory-made thermal and/or acoustic insulation products made of vegetable or animal fibres. 2015. European Organisation for Technical Assessment.

US Guidelines

Product Performance Test Guidelines OPPTS 810.3700: Insect Repellents to be Applied to Human Skin. 712-C-10-001. July 2010. US Environmental Protection Agency.

Product Performance Test Guidelines OCSPP 810.3900: Laboratory Product Performance Testing Methods for Bed Bug Pesticide Products. 712-C-17-001. June 2017. US Environmental Protection Agency.

ASTM E938 / E938M-12. Standard Test Method for Effectiveness of Liquid, Gel, Cream, or Shampoo Insecticides Against Adult Human Lice (Withdrawn 2017). 2012. ASTM International.

ASTM E1517-13. Standard Test Method for Determining the Effectiveness of Liquid, Gel, Cream, or Shampoo Insecticides Against Human Louse Ova (Withdrawn 2017). 2013. ASTM International.

AATCC TM194. Assessment of the Anti-House Dusts Mite Properties of Textiles under Long-Term Test Condidtions. 2013. American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists.