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Whitepaper: Regulatory Compliance of Biocides in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

Biocides used in the offshore oil and gas industry can help maximise the oil and gas production while protecting asset integrity through the inhibition of microbial induced corrosion and biofilm. In the European Union, the regulatory process to authorise and permit the use of a biocidal product can be complex, lengthy and expensive. The following white paper provides an overview of biocides used in the industry, followed by a description of the key regulatory requirements applicable to the use of biocides in offshore oil and gas operations in the North Sea, including the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) and the OSPAR Convention (OSPAR). Recommendations to reduce the cost and time associated with regulatory compliance of biocidal products are provided.