Maud Grunchard#7464

Maud Grunchard

Of Counsel, Fieldfisher
I have particular expertise in the EU agrochemical and biocidal sectors as well as commodity chemicals. I have been actively involved in the establishment and running of Task Forces and Consortia related to REACH and the Biocidal Products Regulation, and have provided legal support, including data sharing negotiations with third parties.
I have been involved in several cases before the European Courts in Luxembourg and the ECHA Board of Appeal in Helsinki, including the first legal action against ECHA and the first action challenging an inclusion of a substance in the list of substances of very high concern.
I am the author of the article 'Controlled risk and authorisation: SVHC uses with OELVs should be exempt from authorisation' (Chemical Watch Briefing: Expert Focus, December 2012/January 2013, p. 16-17) as well as 'Arrêt Allemagne c. Commission: précisions en matière de sécurité des jouets' (European Journal of Consumer Law, 2015/2, p. 443-449).
I am co-author of Oxford Journal of Environmental Law, October 2009: 'First ECJ Ruling on REACH: Choosing Registration over Exemption Case C-558/07, R (on the application of SPCM SA, CH Erbsloh KG, Lake Chemicals and Minerals Ltd, Hercules Inc.) v Secretary of States for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' and of Revue Européenne du Droit de la Consommation (REDC) 2009/4: 'Les possibilités de recours contre une norme technique dans l’Union européenne'.
I am also a regular speaker at conferences on REACH and biocides.
Contributed to


The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) EU No 528/2012—snapshot
The Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) EU No 528/2012—snapshot
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides a snapshot of the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) EU No 528/2012. It provides details on the objective and scope of the BPR and key definitions such as ‘active substances’, ‘biocidal product’, and ‘harmful organism’. It also provides guidance on approvals for active substances including information on the Article 95 list and exclusion criteria, as well as renewal and review of active substance approvals. The Practice Note also covers authorisation of products containing biocides (biocidal products), derogations, treated articles and data sharing. The final section provides details on how, following Brexit, the retained BPR in Great Britain differs from the EU BPR.

Practice Area


  • Contributing Author

Qualified Year

  • 2008


  • Alumni ULB (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Law Faculty
  • Alumni IEE (Institut d'Etudes Européennes – Institute for European Studies)
  • Brussels Bar (French speaking section: Ordre Français des Avocats du Barreau de Bruxelles)


  • LLM, Master in European Law (2004)
  • LLM, Master in Law (2003)


  • Université libre de Bruxelles, Master in European Law (2003-2004)
  • Université libre de Bruxelles, Master degree in Law (1998-2003)

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