Ship paint (anti-fouling systems)

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International law transposed into Union law prohibits the use of paint with organotin or TBT components which are environmentally harmful.

International law

AFS-Convention: International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships. (Adoption: 5 October 2001; Entry into force: 17 September 2008)

EU ratification



Press release IP/13/818: Environment: New EU Action to protect biodiversity against problematic invasive species

Commission press release IP/13/796 of 30.8.2013: Environment: New Biocides Regulation improves human health and environmental protection

European law

Regulation (EC) No 782/2003 on the prohibition of organotin compounds on ships

Commission Regulation (EC) No 536/2008 giving effect to Article 6(3) and Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 782/2003 on the prohibition of organotin compounds on ships and amending that Regulation

Commission Decision 2009/425/EC amending Council Directive 76/769/EEC as regards restrictions on the marketing and use of organostannic compounds for the purpose of adapting its Annex I to technical progress

Regulation 528/12 concerning the making available on the market and use of biocidal products


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