FRANCE: plant protection products authorised in or near places with vulnerable people

In France, the use of plant protection products is banned in places quoted by Article L. 253-7-1 of the French Rural Code (in French), namely school playgrounds and spaces usually frequented  by pupils within schools, spaces usually frequented  by children within nurseries, nurseries and leisure centers, playgrounds intended for children in public parks and gardens. The use of plant protection products is also banned near these places and near hospital centers and hospitals, private establishments for health, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, elderly centers and disability services center.

However, there are two exceptions: low-risk products and products for which the classification only contains some risk phrases.

The Authorities have just set the list of phrases (Order of 10 March 2016). All of them are related to hazard for the environment:

– R50, R51, R52, R53, R54, R55, R56, R57, R58, R59 (classification from Order of 9 November 2004) ;

– H400, H410, H411, H412, H413, EUH059 (classification from Regulation (EC) No.1272/2008).


Arrêté du 10 mars 2016 déterminant les phrases de risque visées au premier alinéa de l’article L. 253-7-1 du code rural et de la pêche maritime

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FRANCE: Application of enhanced precautionary measures to protect vulnerable people from plant protection products