Approval of products
We act as the licensing authority for oil spill treatment products under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. To get approval, products must pass a range of tests relating to efficacy and toxicity. If successful, they are then placed upon the list of approved products.
Different kinds of products are subject to different tests.
|Type of test||Dispersant (inshore and offshore)||Dispersant (offshore only)||Sorbent||Bioremediation product||Degreaser|
|WSL LR 448||Y||Y||N||N||N|
|Rocky Shore Test||Y||N||Y||Y||Y|
|Agitation toxicity test 1||N||N||N||Y||N|
|Agitation toxicity test 2||N||N||N||Y||N|
|Wildlife licence||N||N||N||Y (if contains bacteria)||N|
An applicant may request us to arrange for these tests to be undertaken, in which case testing charges are payable.
Alternatively, if an applicant submits data which follows the testing protocols from an accredited laboratory, only verification charges are payable.
For further information please see our guide The approval and use of oil spill treatment products in the UK (PDF 204 KB).
In order to improve our performance we have created a Customer satisfaction questionnaire (PDF 272 KB) relating to our work on the oil spill treatment products approval scheme. We would be grateful for any comments that you wish to make.
List of approved products (PDF 92 KB) updated 13 May 2013
Summary of tests (PDF 114 KB)
2007 Review outcome - letter (PDF 62 KB)
Help with documents
Some of these documents are in the portable document format (PDF) for downloading. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be freely downloaded from www.adobe.com/uk/