FRANCE: Update of the official list of biocontrol products – February 2019

The French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has published a new update of the official list of biocontrol plant protection products in accordance with articles L.253-5 and L.253-7 of the Rural Code. This note reminds that the law No. 2018-938 of 30 October 2018 for achieving a balance in trade relations in the agricultural sector and for healthy, sustainable and affordable food (also called EGalim) has completed the biocontrol provisions introduced by the French Law for agriculture, food and forestry of 13 October 2014. The EGalim law plans in particular a National strategic deployment plan for biocontrol products that will be presented in the year 2019.

The biocontrol plant protection products from the list are exempted from the ban on discounts, rebates and price reductions and from the implementation of specific risk mitigation measures to protect residents set by the EGalim law (Articles 74 and 83).

As a reminder, it has to be noted that only the biocontrol products having the claim « emploi autorisé dans les jardins » (EAJ) can be used by non-professional users (as well as  the EAJ products considered as low risk or authorised for organic farming).

To download: Note DGAL/SDQSPV/2019-144 of 13.02.2019 (in French)

See also our previous articles:

FRANCE: New Agriculture and Food law published

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