Call for alternatives to in-can preservatives



The Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) is looking for drop-in, technical and functional alternatives to typical in-can preservatives (biocides) for paints, varnishes and adhesives. Our aim is to support substitution of hazardous substances and, if not replaceable or avoidable at present, to promote the safe use of these substances. To this end, we want to inform about available alternatives and give room for discussion with stakeholders along the supply-chain as incentive for networking, for innovation and for finding feasible and sustainable solutions.


Are you a supplier/manufacturer or user of in-can preservatives for paints, varnishes and adhesives?

We are looking for drop-in/technical or functional alternatives to the typical biocides for Product-type (PT) 6 “Preservatives for products during storage” (Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR, Regulation (EU) 528/2012))

If you want to share your information with us please contact and

You can also meet us to discuss alternatives and possibilities to reduce biocide application on our next substitution event:

 “Perspectives of the substitution of isothiazolinones as preservatives (In-can preservatives) in paints, varnishes and adhesives”

Where and when? It takes place on 28th May 2020 at the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in Dortmund.

Further information on the program and registration formalities are available here. Please be aware that the event will take place in German only.

Alternative should replace

biocides (PT 6) for in-can preservatives