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Request for a preliminary ruling from the College van Beroep voor het Bedrijfsleven (Netherlands) lodged on 21 September 2018 — Darie B.V. v Staatssecretaris van Infrastructuur en Milieu

(Case C-592/18)

Language of the case: Dutch

Referring court

College van Beroep voor het Bedrijfsleven

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Darie B.V.

Defendant: Staatssecretaris van Infrastructuur en Milieu

Questions referred

Should the term ‘biocidal products’ in Article 3 of Regulation 528/2012 1 be interpreted as also referring to substances which consist of one or more types of bacteria, enzymes or other constituents, given that, due to the specific way in which they act, they have no direct effect on the harmful organism for which they are intended, but on the creation or maintenance of the potential habitat of that harmful organism, and what requirements must then, where appropriate, be imposed on such an effect?

In answering question 1, is it relevant whether the situation in which such a product is used is free of the harmful organism, and, if so, what criterion should be used to assess whether the latter is present?

In answering question 1, does the period within which the effect takes place have any relevance?


1 Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 May 2012 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products Text with EEA relevance (OJ 2012 L 167, p. 1).