FRANCE: Ban of home and garden plant protection products

From 1st January 2019, sales, dispensing, use and possession of plant protection products by non professional users will be banned in France except for biocontrol products officially listed by the Ministry of Agriculture in accordance with articles L.253-5 and L.253-7 of the Rural Code, for low risk products as defined by Regulation (EC) No.1107/2009 and for organic farming (UAB) products authorised for non professional users (“mention emploi autorisé dans les jardins (EAJ)”). This provision was set by the Law on the use of PPPs (Labbé’s law of February 2014) for entry into force on 1st January 2022. The entry into force was then brought forward to 1st January 2019 by the Energetic transition law from the Ministry of Ecology (August 2015). The aim is to reduce the risks associated to the use of pesticides by amateurs.

The implementation modalities of this ban are set by a Notice of the Ministry of Agriculture published in the French Official Journal of 22 December 2018.

Two lists of products have been published by the Ministry of Agriculture: one for the products still authorised for amateur uses from 1st January 2019 and one for the products with an authorisation in force in December 2018 but that are no longer authorised from 1st January 2019.

The stocks of products banned from 1st January 2019 held by non professional distributors can be sold to professional users by distributors certified for the distribution of plant protection products to professional users.

The unused products and packaging held by non professional users must be disposed of in a waste collection site or a temporary collection point for household chemical waste set up by the eco-organism Eco-DDS.

 

To download:

Avis aux opérateurs économiques concernés par l’interdiction à compter du 1er janvier 2019 de la mise sur le marché, la délivrance, l’utilisation et la détention de certains produits phytopharmaceutiques pour un usage non professionnel (in French)

Liste actuelle des produits phytopharmaceutiques restant autorisés pour les amateurs à partir du 1er janvier 2019 (in French)

Liste des produits possédant une autorisation de mise sur le marché en vigueur en décembre 2018 et qui ne sont plus autorisés à partir du 1er janvier 2019 (in French)

 

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FRANCE: Tax on Diffuse Pollution – Evolutions for 2019

The new list of substances concerned by the French tax on diffuse pollution has been published in the Order of 28 December 2018. The new list will apply by 1st January 2019.

As a reminder, concerned substances are those known for their human health or/and Environment hazards:

  • Acute toxicity for human, category 1, 2 or 3;
  • Specific target organ systemic toxicity, category 1 (single or multiple exposure);
  • CMR, category 1A or 1B;
  • Effects on or via lactation;
  • Environmental hazards (acute or chronic).

(Note: hazard classes/categories according to Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008)

 

Besides, the French finance law for 2019 introduces a revision of the tax by 1st January 2019. The new rates will range from 0.90 to 9 euros / kilogram of substance while the current rates range from 0.90 to 5.1 euros. An additional rate is also defined for substances not meeting the approval criteria of Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009 or for substances subject to the substitution scheme. This evolution is part of the French action plan on plant protection products and on a less pesticide-dependent agriculture. The tax on diffuse pollution is strengthened to encourage a reduction of the use of PPPs (in particular those with substances of concern) and to help financially for the transitions.

 

To download:

Order of 28 December 2018 modifying the Order of 22 november 2010 establishing the list of substances defined by Article R. 213-48-13 of the Environment code as regards the tax on diffuse pollution (in French)

Finance law No. 2018-1317 of 28 décember 2018 for 2019 (Article 234) (in French)

Explantory note MTES/DGALN/DEB – 20.11.2018 (in French)

 

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EUROPE: Updates of AIR 3 and AIR 4 working documents

AIR 3 programme

SANCO/2012-11284 – Rev. 22 – December 2018 – Draft working document – AIR III Renewal programme

This 22nd revision contains new expiry dates set by Regulation (EU) No. 2018/1262 of 20 September 2018 (for: 1-methylcyclopropene, beta-cyfluthrin, chlorothalonil, chlorotoluron, clomazone, cypermethrin, daminozide,  deltamethrin, dimethenamid-p, diuron, fludioxonil, flufenacet, flurtamone, fosthiazate, indoxacarb, MCPA, MCPB, prosulfocarb, thiophanate-methyl and tribenuron) and by Regulation (EU) No. 2018/1796 of 20 November 2018 (for amidosulfuron, bifenox, chlorpyrifos, chlorpyrifos-methyl, clofentezine, dicamba, difenoconazole, diflubenzuron, diflufenican, dimoxystrobin, fenoxaprop-p, fenpropidin, lenacil, mancozeb, mecoprop-p, metiram, nicosulfuron, oxamyl, picloram, pyraclostrobin, pyriproxyfen and tritosulfuron).

 

AIR 4 programme

SANTE-2016-10616Rev. 10 – December 2018 – Draft working document – AIR IV Renewal programme

SANTE-2016-11734 – Rev. 11 – December 2018 – Draft working document – AIR IV Renewal programme – Applications for renewal of approval submitted under article 14 of Regulation (EU) No. 1107/2009 and in accordance with Regulation (EU) No. 844/2012

These new versions update revision 9 and 10 of June 2018 of guidance documents SANTE-2016-10616 (AIR IV Renewal programme) and SANTE-2016-11734 (application overview for AIR IV substances).

 

See also our previous articles:

EUROPE: Updates of AIR 3 and AIR 4 working documents (23 July 2018)

 

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EUROPE: Adoption of new EPPO Standards PP 1/306 and PP 1/307 and revision of EPPO Standard PP 1/226

Two new EPPO Standards (PP 1/306(1) and PP 1/307(1)) adopted in September 2018 and the revision of EPPO standards PP 1/226 also dated September 2018 have just been published:

  • The EPPO Standard “PP 1/306 (1) General principles for the development of co-formulated mixtures of plant protection products” sets the definition of a co-formulated mixture and provides guidance for the justification for using mixtures from the point of view of efficacy, plus an examination of the appropriateness of such mixtures in terms of managing resistance. Additional information for specific product types and situations  are provided, the EPPO Standard “PP 1/277 Insecticide co-formulated mixtures” is therefore withdrawn and replaced by this new Standard;
  • The EPPO Standard “PP1/307 (1) Efficacy considerations and data generation when making changes to the chemical composition or formulation type of plant protection products” considers the possible impacts of biologically significant changes in chemical composition of PPPs and the requirements to support such changes, the circumstances in which a change in formulation type may be supported by a more limited data package and also discusses the development of a new product which is to be based on the principle of comparing with, and ‘bridging’ to, an existing formulation;
  • The EPPO Standard “PP 1/226(2) Number of efficacy trials”, which provides guidance on the number of trials in target crops needed to demonstrate the efficacy of a plant protection product (PPP) at the recommended dose, has been updated to the version PP1/226(3). The revision follows the adoption of EPPO standard PP 1/307(1).

 

To download:

PP 1/226(3) Number of efficacy trials

PP 1/306 (1) General principles for the development of co-formulated mixtures of plant protection products

PP1/307 (1) Efficacy considerations and data generation when making changes to the chemical composition or formulation type of plant protection products

 

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FRANCE: ANSES’ Newsletter on Marketing Authorisations

The first newsletter on marketing authorisations of plant protection products and adjuvants was published by ANSES (December 2018). The newsletters will present at the beginning of each month an overview of the withdrawals of authorisation, the new authorisations and the major modifications of authorisation (e.g. new uses or use withdrawals, modified conditions of use) which occurred in the previous month. It is noted that additionnal trade names will not be reported in the newsletters.

The newsletters will also include some regulatory news highlighted by ANSES each month.

The newsletter of December 2018 is marked by the withdrawal of numerous glyphosate-based products given the expiration of the marketing authorisations for which no renewal dossiers have been sent subsequently to the renewal of glyphosate.

 

Link to Anses Web page for the monthly newsletters:

https://www.anses.fr/fr/content/bulletin-mensuel-des-autorisations-de-mise-sur-le-march%C3%A9-des-produits-phytopharmaceutiques (In French)

 

To download:

Newsletter of December 2018 (in French)

 

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