ICOM-ICOMOS Calls for Immediate Repeal of the Classification of Nitrogen as a Biocidal Active Substance for Cultural Heritage Preservation
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Joint statement/call ICOM-ICOMOS for the immediate repeal of the classification of nitrogen as a biocidal active substance for cultural heritage preservation applications across the EU.

The International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) have released a joint call to the National Ministries of the member states of the European Union, the European Parliament and all European institutions in charge of the regulation, to repeal as soon as possible the classification of nitrogen as a biocidal active substance in the EU for the specific purpose of heritage preservation.

Nitrogen is globally used for the preservation of monuments and museum objects, in the context of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM), instead of other potentially hazardous chemical substances. There is no equivalent alternative in terms of preservation care and human health, for both staff and visitors of cultural heritage institutions.

COM-ICOMOS call upon the European Chemicals Agency to support the initiative and repeal as soon as possible the ban of nitrogen for heritage preservation in the EU.

Read the statement here.