FuelClear MB15 Fuel Biocide - New Biocide from Fuelcare

There are a range of changes occurring concerning fuel biocide legislation in the U.K. and Europe and as a consequence, commercial changes to Kathon™ FP 1.5 pricing, availability & distribution. In summary, Kathon™ FP 1.5 will become a premium product focusing on (but not limited to) the approvals market, and FuelClear MB15 will replace Kathon™ FP 1.5 for the non-approvals market place.

Dupont (manufacturers of Kathon™ FP 1.5) have granted Fuelcare an own brand biocide 'FuelClear MB15' within their CMIT/MIT biocidal product family (under the European Union Biocides Products Regulations). This means FuelClear MB15 will shortly be available as a low price, union-authorised fuel biocide - one of the only fuel biocides available throughout Europe with a tried & trusted fuel biocide chemistry, E.U. & U.K. approvals as well as coming from a company with 40 years' of fuel biocide experience and expert technical assistance.

  • FuelClear MB15 is now available for sale for our non-aviation customers. Fuelcare are seeking aviation approval for an alternative product, FuelClear AV15 in due course.
  • FuelClear MB15 has the same characteristics as Kathon™ FP 1.5.
  • FuelClear MB15 is the same chemical, made in the same manufacturing facility with the same Quality Assurance as Kathon™ FP 1.5.
  • Non-aviation (i.e. diesel, gas oils, kerosens, gasoline) biocide approvals are expected to be transferred from Kathon™ FP 1.5 to FuelClear MB15 in the coming months which will be confirmed shortly.

FuelClear MB15 contains the same active ingredient CMIT/MIT as Kathon™ FP 1.5. Both active ingredient and tradename (FuelClear MB15) have been notified and approved under the E.U. Biocides Products Regulations (B.P.R.).

Kathon™ FP 1.5 will still be available for sale but at a much higher price; this will effectively make Kathon™ FP 1.5 approvals specific-only. Kathon™ FP 1.5 (as the trade name) and ‘CMIT/MIT’ (active ingredient) have been approved with a 'Union Authorisation' i.e. the ability sell anywhere within the E.U. The supply & sale of Kathon™ FP 1.5 Fuel Biocide is therefore currently (March, 2020) in a transition period with pricing, availability and distribution arrangements in flux.  

Biocide Products Regulations: All biocidal products sold within the European Union now require an authorisation before they can be placed on the market. The active substances contained within the biocidal product must be approved by the European Chemicals & Health Agency as well as the products' trade name. Those products without approval will be removed from the marketplace (see https://www.hse.gov.uk/biocides/eu-bpr/product-authorisation-overview.htm). Fuel Biocides (and any chemical that claims any sort of microbicidal activity) are included within the scope of the E.U. Biocides Products Regulations under 'PT 6' (Product Type 6 - 'In Can Preservatives').

If you have any queries on these changes please get in touch with Fuelcare here or on our contact form below.

For more information on FuelClear MB15 and datasheets, please see relevant pages here.