The list of substances from the neonicotinoids family banned from 1st September 2018 in plant protection products and seed treatments was published on 1st August. This ban is planned by the law for biodiversity regrowth, nature and landscapes published in 2016, exemptions being possible on a case by case basis until 1st July 2020.
According to Decree 2018-675 of 30 July issued under article L.253-8 of the French Rural Code, five substances are concerned: acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiacloprid and thiametoxam. European restrictions are already in place since 2013 for three of them (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) (see Regulation (EU) No.485/2013). These restrictions have just been extended so as to only allow the use of these three active substances in permanent greenhouses where no contact with bees is expected (Regulations (EU) No. 2018/783, No .2018/784 and No. 2018/785 of 29 May 2018).
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