Ordinance on Biocidal Products (OBP)

The OBP regulates the conditions for placing on the market and the use of biocidal products as well as treated goods and defines which active substances may be used for this.

The OBP is largely harmonised with the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and provides the same types of authorisation for biocidal products with approved active substances. Moreover, the OBP regulates the placing on the market of biocidal products during the transition period, i.e. when the active substances have been notified but not yet approved.

List of approved active substances

The active substances of Annexes 1 and 2 are available here in electronic form:

Implementing Ordinance-Biocidal Products FDHA

Certain provisions of the OBP are governed in more detail in the Implementing Ordinance-Biocidal Products.

At this time, the Implementing Ordinance-Biocidal Products governs in detail the following procedures:

  • Procedure for the authorisation of the same biocidal products
  • Procedure for modifying authorisations
  • Procedure for the extension of approvals

Mutual recognition agreement (MRA)

Chapter 18 on biocidal products of the agreement between the Swiss Confederation and the European Union on the mutual recognition of conformity assessments (MRA) serves to avoid duplicate procedures for assessing and authorising biocidal products. In Swiss law these procedures are governed in the OBP, and in the European Union in the Regulation (EU) 528/2012 on the placing on the market and the use of biocidal products. The basis for chapter 18 of this agreement is the technical equivalence of these two regulations.


The Chemicals Fees Ordinance governs the fees to be paid for the authorisation of biocidal products and other services of the federal law enforcement authorities.

Last modification 17.01.2017

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