EUROPE – AIR 4 work programme : grouping and prioritising substances

In view of the time and resources necessary for completing the assessment of applications for the renewal of approvals for all the active substances of AIR4 work programme, Commission Implementing Decision 2016/C 357/05 was published on 29 September 2016 with the aim of grouping together similar active substances setting priorities on the basis of safety concerns for human and animal health or the environment as provided for in Article 18 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009.

The Decision states that the assessment of applications for the renewal of approvals of presumed low-risk active substances and active substances expected to fall under the “cut-off” criteria of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 shall be prioritised without delay or with as little delay as possible.

The approval of other substances can be extended in due time if necessary in accordance with Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. These prioritising rules covers groups 2, 3 and 4 as defined in the AIR 4 working document SANTE-2016-10616–rev 3 (July 2016).

 

To download:

Decision 2016/C 357/05

AIR 4 working document SANTE-2016-10616–rev 3 (July 2016)

 

Our previous article:

EUROPE : Publication of AIR 4 working document

 

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FRANCE: Three Orders for CEPP certificates (plant protection product savings certificates)

Three Orders for CEPP certificates (plant protection product saving certificates) were published on 22 September 2016. They were expected further to the Decree on the implementation of CEPP certificates released on 28 August 2016.

These orders define:
– standardised actions contributing to savings of plant protection products

These standardised eligible actions include areas such as biocontrol, decision-making tools, agricultural equipment, precision crop management and environmental certification.

– assessment methodology of standardised actions of plant protection products savings

Each action is evaluated from three components to determine the number of associated certificates: its effect on the reduction of use and impact, deployment potential, ease of implementation and its economic record.

– calculation methodology and value of reference units doses of active substances

To download (in French):
· Arrêté du 12 Septembre 2016
Arrêté définissant les actions standardisées d’économie de produits phytopharmaceutiques
· Arrêté du 12 Septembre 2016
Arrêté définissant la méthodologie d’évaluation des actions standardisées d’économie de produits pharmaceutiques,
· Arrêté du 12 Septembre 2016
Arrêté définissant la méthodologie de calcul et la valeur des doses unités de référence des substances actives phytopharmaceutiques.

Our previous article:
FRANCE: Decree for CEPP Certificates (plant protection product savings certificates)

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FRANCE : New update of the list of spray drift reduction equipment

The French list of spray drift reduction equipments which allow the reduction of the width of unsprayed buffer zones from water bodies was updated by DGAL/SDQSPV/2016-686 note, published on 1st September 2016. This note repeals the previous Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-275 of 31 March 2016 (see our previous article).

To be noted: new equipments (complete spraying systems) were added for vineyards and orchards.

To download:
DGAL/SDQSPV/2016-686 Note (in French)

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FRANCE: Decree for CEPP Certificates (plant protection product savings certificates)

The decree on the implementation of CEPP Certificates was published on 28 August 2016. It was expected since the publication of the Ordinance regarding the experimental CEPP procedure, in October 2015.

This relates to Ecophyto National Action Plan.

The experimentation period runs from 1 July 2016 to 31 December 2021.

 

This Decree sets:

  • The unit amount of the fixed penalty by CEPP Certificate: 5 Euros;
  • The categories of persons eligible to experimentation:
    • Entity who made at least one full calendar year of sale on 31 December 2015,
    • Entity who will have conducted at least one full calendar year sales by 31 December 2018;
  • Products included in the experimentation: plant protection products, except seed treatments, biocontrol products and products used exclusively in the context of mandatory control programmes;
  • The conditions in which actions are defined to benefit from CEPP certificates and the value of those actions and certificates: average sales of plant protection products made, expressed in number of unit doses, in three reference years among the last five calendar years. Annual sales are the amounts declared for RPPD (Charge for diffuse pollution). The obligation of performing actions for each entity, fixed in number of certificates, is equal to 20% of its reference sales;
  • The conditions of issue by the administrative authority of certificates and the control of corresponding actions: electronic application with supporting documentation;
  • The conditions under which the experiment is evaluated: publication of an annual report.

 

Publications in the Official Bulletin are announced:

  • calculation methodology and value of reference unit doses for each active substance;
  • standardised actions contributing to savings of plant protection products;
  • methodology for assessing standardised actions and establishing the number of associated certificates.

 

To download:

Décret n° 2016-1166 du 26 août 2016 relatif à la mise en œuvre du dispositif expérimental de certificats d’économie de produits phytopharmaceutiques (in French)

Ordonnance n° 2015-1244 du 7 octobre 2015 relative au dispositif expérimental de certificats d’économie de produits phytopharmaceutiques  (in French)

 

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