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May 31st, 2018 REACH Deadline Approaching

Are you using biocidal actives for non-biocidal applications in the European Union?

As of June 1st, 2018, full REACH1 registration is required for chemicals supplied at volumes between 1 and 100 metric tons per year in the European Union. This includes the following:

  • Actives used for non-biocidal purposes, including for example in leather tanning or as chemical intermediates
  • Actives used as cosmetic preservatives regulated by the EU Cosmetics Regulation2 and REACH
  • Actives used to preserve plant protection products3
  • Co-formulants used in biocidal products

Be REACH compliant with products from Dow Microbial Control

REACH relevant substances made available in the European Union by Dow Microbial Control will be registered prior to the May 31st deadline. The following products will be compliant with REACH regulation (EC) N⁰1907/2006:

  • KATHON™ CG Preservative4
  • KATHON™ CG 14 Preservative4
  • KATHON™ MK Biocide5
  • BIOBAN™ Bronopol PC6
  • NEOLONE™ 950 Preservative8
  • NEOLONE™ 50A Industrial Microbicide8
  • NEOLONE™ PE Preservative8,9
  • NEOLONE™ PH 100 Preservative9
Is the CMIT/MIT you’re using compliant?

Dow will have registered CMIT/MIT as a cosmetic preservative under REACH.

Contact us for more information.
Not sure whether your application falls under REACH?

Contact us! Our regulatory experts can help you find out and advise you on which products to use.
If you are using a Dow Microbial Control product that is not on this list for a REACH relevant application, please contact us so we can help you to be compliant.

As a reminder: Glutaraldehyde and Phenoxyethanol were registered in 2010 by Dow and continue to be compliant with REACH regulations beyond the approaching deadline.

Further, Dow Microbial Control is planning to achieve full REACH registration compliance of all co-formulants in its biocidal products manufactured or imported into the European Union.


REACH stands for the Regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. REACH is a regulation of the European Union, adopted to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, while enhancing the competitiveness of the EU chemicals industry. For more information, please see the ECHA website.

To learn more about Dow and REACH, visit

1REACH Regulation (EC) N° 1907/2006
2Cosmetics Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009
3Dow decided to support this use under BPR and REACH to ensure full compliance given the current legal uncertainty on whether preservatives for plant protection products are regulated under the BPR or under PPP (Regulation EC 1107/2009) and REACH.
4Contains CMIT/MIT CAS 55965-84-9, supported by Dow for use as cosmetic preservative under REACH.
5Contains CMIT/MIT CAS 55965-84-9, supported by Dow for use as preservative in agrochemicals under REACH.
6Contains Bronopol CAS 52-51-7, supported by Dow for use as cosmetic preservative under REACH.
7Contains Glutaraldehyde CAS 111-80-3, supported by Dow for various industrial uses under REACH.
8Contains MIT CAS 2682-20-4, supported by Dow for use as cosmetic preservative under REACH.
9Contains Phenoxyethanol CAS 122-99-6, supported by Dow for use as cosmetic preservative under REACH.