This type of authorisation was granted for biocidal products that were legally on the Swiss market prior to the entry into force of the new chemicals legislation (01.08.2005). Applications for authorisation AC can no longer be submitted, but existing authorisations AC can be adapted if, e.g. modifications according to Article 21 or 24 of the Ordinance on Biocidal Products (OBP; SR 813.12) are notified by the authorisation holder.
Period of Validity
The authorisation is valid for 6 months after the last active substance of the biocidal product is included in the lists of Annex 1 or 2 (previously lists IA or I) OBP. After the last active substance has been included the product may still be supplied to end consumers for up to 12 months and still be used for professional or commercial purposes for up to 18 months. Should the product still remain on the market, see transitional regulation.
If a decision is taken by the Commission to deny the approval or the inclusion of the active substance into the lists of Annex 1 or 2, then the ruling will be revoked by the Notification Authority. After the decision of the Commission the product may still be supplied to end consumers for up to 12 months and still be used for professional or commercial purposes for up to 18 months.