Corbion’s Spanish plant receives approval for L-Lactic acid production for biocidal products

By Andrew MCDOUGALL

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Corbion’s Spanish plant receives approval for L-Lactic acid production for biocidal products

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Dutch ingredients supplier Corbion has received approved supplier status under the Biocidal Products Regulation (EU) No 528/2012 (BPR) for the second of its production plants for L-Lactic acid in Spain, meaning its products can be used in biocidal products. 

This announcement takes on added significance, as of September 1, as a biocidal product containing a relevant substance cannot be made available on the market unless either the substance supplier or the product supplier is included in this list for the product-type(s) to which the product belongs.

A biocidal product is a substance intending to destroy, deter, render harmless, prevent the action of, or exert a controlling effect on any harmful organism by any means other than mere physical or mechanical action.

These products are highly regulated because of health and performance concerns. A product may fall on the cosmetic/medicine borderline, such as a hand cleanser.

Growing demand

Corbion says that this latest announcement means that its Spanish production plant will meet growing demand from personal care and home care markets.

"We are seeing increased demand from home care and personal care formulators for our lactic acid products,”​ says Corbion's Senior Vice President of Biochemicals, Marco Bootz.

“Lactic acid is safe, 100% natural and biodegradable and, as our customers are discovering, it delivers excellent and cost-effective performance. This second plant with BPR approval allows Corbion to meet the growing market demand."

Lactic acid is growing in popularity as an active ingredient in personal care products thanks to its ability to replace traditional chemicals and solvents while delivering improved safety.

Two approved plants

The production plant Purac Bioquímica SA is based in the Barcelona province of Spain and has been manufacturing L-Lactic acid since 1947, and joins Purac Biochem BV in the Netherlands on the BPR's Article 95 list.

Both approved Corbion production sites supply L-Lactic acid for various biocidal product types.

In addition to meeting the new regulatory requirements, the move also gives Corbion important supply chain security and flexibility in meeting growing customer demand for lactic acid-based products, such as for its Purac Sanilac, which is used in the personal care market.

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