Sumitomo Chemical is pleased to announce its broad-spectrum insecticide epsilon-momfluorothrin has been approved for inclusion onto the Union List.

As a result of a unanimous vote at the 16th meeting of the Biocidal Products Committee in Helsinki (BPC-16), members approved epsilon-momfluorothrin as a new active substance evaluated in product type 18. BPC-16 reviewed the conclusions of the evaluating competent authority (the United Kingdom). (Link opens in new tab).

The decision follows a previous proposal by the US EPA to register the insecticide and approval by the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency in early 2015.


Products containing epsilon-momfluorothrin find application against flying insects such as mosquitoes and flies. When applied by direct spray and crack and crevice treatment, crawling insects such as ants, cockroaches and bed bugs may be treated. The synthetic pyrethroid is suitable for indoor and outdoor use by non-professionals. Sumitomo is preparing manufacturing-use and end-use products to support its customers in extending their product ranges.


The opinion of BPC-16 forms the basis of the decision by the European Commission to grant approval of the new active substance in the form of a Commission Implementing Regulation, which is expected to follow as a matter of procedure. Product type 18 includes insecticides, acaricides and products to control other arthropods by means other than repulsion or attraction.