FRANCE: Specific provisions for the ban extension of plant protection products in 2022

Since 1 January 2017, the Labbé’s law aims to better regulate the use of plant protection products in France by banning their use for amenity areas, forest and areas accessible or open to the public (excluding biocontrol products officially listed by the Ministry of Agriculture in accordance with articles L.253-5 and L.253-7 of the Rural Code, low-risk products or organic farming products). Since 1 January 2019, this ban has been extended to all non-professional users.

On 21 January 2021, the Order of 15 January 2021 was published in the Official Journal of French Republic as regards measures to protect people when using plant protection products in private properties, places frequented by the public and places for collective use and amending the Order of 4 May 2017 as regards the placing on the market and the use of plant protection products and their adjuvants referred to in Article L. 253-1 of the French Rural Code.

This Order extends the Labbé’s law bans on the use of plant protection products to various places frequented by the public or for collective use as of 1 July 2022, such as:

  • Private residential properties;
  • Hotels, collective inns, campsites and residential leisure parks;
  • Cemeteries and columbariums;
  • Family gardens and amusement parks;
  • Commercial and service areas;
  • Workplaces;
  • Educational institutions;
  • Health facilities;
  • Social and medico-social facilities;
  • Childminder homes;
  • Sport equipments;
  • Aerodromes (excluding areas requiring treatment for safety reasons).

The ban does not apply to treatments and measures necessary for the destruction and prevention of the spread of regulated harmful organisms, or to treatments necessary for the control of significant health hazard threatening the historical or biological legacy.

Regarding sport equipments (large sport grounds, hippodromes, tennis courts, golf courts and practices), an exemption will be granted until 1 January 2025 for uses with no suitable alternative technical solution for achieving the quality required in the context of official competitions.

 

To download: 

Order of 15 January 2021 as regards measures to protect people when using plant protection products in private properties, places frequented by the public and places for collective use and amending the Order of 4 May 2017 as regards the placing on the market and the use of plant protection products and their adjuvants referred to in Article L. 253-1 of the French Rural Code (in French)

 

See also our previous articles: 

FRANCE – Public consultation: Extension of the ban of plant protection products in 2022

 

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