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FRANCE: Withdrawal of epoxiconazole-based products

In Anses Opinion dated 19 April 2019, Anses concluded that Epoxiconazole is an endocrine disruptor for humans and non-target organisms. Further to this evaluation, Anses has withdrawn 24 authorisations and 52 parallel trade permits for plant protection products containing this active substance on 30 July 2019.

 

The end of sales and distribution is set on 30.11.2019.

The end of use of the stocks of products is set on 30.07.2020.

 

To download:

List of withdrawal of products based on epoxiconazole (in French)

 

Our previous articles:

FRANCE – ANSES: Epoxiconazole-based products ban

 

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FRANCE: Glyphosate phase-out plan issued

The measures of the glyphosate phase-out plan launched by the government to put an end to the main uses of glyphosate by 2020 and to all its uses by 2022 were disclosed on 17 January 2019.

The animation and the follow-up of this action plan are entrusted to a “Task Force” gathering the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, INRA (French National Institute for Research in Agriculture), ACTA (network of French Agricultural Institutes) and APCA (Chambers of Agriculture Assembly) and chaired by Prefect Pierre-Étienne Bisch, appointed inter-ministerial coordinator of the glyphosate phase-out plan on 1st  December 2018. The coordinator, who will be responsible for reporting on actions taken and progress made every three months to ministers and parliamentarians, was auditioned by the National Assembly on 17 January 2019.

Among the measures of this action plan, a resource center was put online on 1st February 2019 to make available to the whole agricultural profession existing solutions to get out of glyphosate. The contributions, intended to get extended, come from farmers and field experiences, and can be consulted through summary articles, technical sheets and farmer experiences organised by sectors.


The press release also reminds the existence of the websiteglyphosate.gouv.fr” presented by the government on 22 November 2018, intended to monitor the number of farmers having stopped any use of glyphosate or engaged in this way. A start-up will also be launched during the first quarter of 2019 to allow the emergence of digital tools to support farmers.

Finally, this press release informs that, following the glyphosate approval by the European Commission for 5 years, ANSES will re-assess applications for renewal of approvals for PPPs containing glyphosate with paying particular attention to certain points such as their genotoxic potential and the conformity of the co-formulants used, the protection of operators, the protection of groundwater and biodiversity, which might lead to restrictions of use.

ANSES will carry out a comparative assessment of the products remaining authorised by the end of 2020 with the support of INRA, after which only uses without alternative will be maintained.
In accordance with the regulation renewing the approval of glyphosate, ANSES will restrict the pre-harvest use of glyphosate to spot application in all approvals, and thus withdraw all broadcast herbicidal uses before harvest.

See also our previous articles:

FRANCE: Towards glyphosate phase out

EUROPE: Renewal of glyphosate approval

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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: Towards glyphosate phase out

The renewal of the glyphosate approval for five years was adopted in December 2017 by the European Commission. The evaluation by ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety) of applications for the renewal of authorisation of glyphosate-based PPPs according to Article 43 of Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 is in progress.

To date, 190 glyphosate-based products are authorised in France or benefit from a parallel trade permit. 58 applications for PPPs renewal and 11 applications for new PPPs approval were submitted to ANSES. Regarding the 132 products for which  renewal application was submitted, ANSES notified the products’ holders of the expiry of approvals or parallel trade permits as from 15 December 2018. The list of products concerned has been published on the E-phy website.

For products intended for professional use, the end of sale and distribution of the products is set to 15/03/2019 and the end of use of the products and stocks is set to 15/06/2019.
For products intended for amateur use, no grace period is granted in view of the entry into force on 1 January 2019 of the Labbé’s law (February 2014) amended by the Energetic transition law (August 2015) and the Potier’s law (March 2017), prohibiting the marketing and holding of non-professional PPPs.

ANSES announces that the evaluation of the new approval applications and renewal applications will be finalized before 31 December 2020, within the three-year period announced by the government.

In addition, the evaluation of the new approval applications and renewal applications will be conducted on the basis of a comparative assessment of the products: based on the information that will be provided on the available alternatives commonly used in France, particularly by INRA (French National Institute for Research in Agriculture), ANSES will compare, for each use, glyphosate products with the non-chemical methods of prevention or control that are available. For each glyphosate-based product, uses for which there is an alternative that meets the substitution criteria will therefore be prohibited.

Finally, in order to support farmers foregoing glyphosate use, the government launched a website sharing experiences from farmers who have already taken part in this initiative and describing possible alternatives to glyphosate. The website also records the plots declared without glyphosate in each department as well as the number of farmers having stop any use of glyphosate and engaged in this way.

 

To download:

Liste des produits à base de glyphosate faisant l’objet d’un retrait du marché à compter du 15 décembre 2018 (in French)

 

See also our previous articles:

EUROPE: Renewal of glyphosate approval

 

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FRANCE : Publication of the Biodiversity Law

After its definitive approval by the Parliament on 20 July 2016, and its validation by the Constitutional Council on 4 August 2016, the law for biodiversity regrowth, nature and landscapes was published in the French Official Journal on 9 August 2016.

It took more than two years of legislative procedure for the bill to be written in national law. The final version contains 174 articles.

The key measures of this law include:

– the creation of the French Agency dedicated to biodiversity (“AFB”), bringing together four existing organisations (National office for water and aquatic environments, Agency for the protection of marine environments, Establishment for French national parks, Institute for natural spaces called ATEN) and being operational from 1st January 2017 with a staff of 1200 employees;

– the inclusion of the principle of compensation of ecological damage (“polluter pays” principle) in the civil code;

– the inclusion of several principals in the Code of the Environment such as “non-regression of  environmental protection” and “no net loss of biodiversity“.

In the pesticide field, neonicotinoids ban was adopted. Indeed, article 125 sets that the use of products containing active substance(s) from the neonicotinoid family and the use of seeds treated with these products is forbidden from 1st September 2018. Exemptions may be granted until 1 July 2020 by joint Order of the Ministers in charge of Agriculture, Environment and Health. The Order will be based on the evaluation by Anses of the benefits and risks linked to the uses of authorised plant protection products containing neonicotinoids compared to the uses of available substitution products and alternative strategies (‘comparative assessment’). The assessment will cover the impacts on the  environment, in particular on pollinators, on public health and on agriculture. The assessment  will be made public.

Moreover, for non-professional users, the self-service sales of plant protection products is widened by article 125 to products authorised for organic farming (Article L.254-7 of the French Rural Code, previously modified by the law No.2015-992 of 17 August 2015 regarding energy transition). As such, biocontrol products, products based on basic substances only and products authorised for organic farming will continue to be sold in self-service to amateurs after January 1, 2017.

Among the laws’ measures, it can also be highlighted that patenting products obtained essentially by biological means is forbidden and that the public domain varieties can be freely exchanged or given for free between amateur gardeners or farmers.

To download:

Loi n° 2016-1087 du 8 août 2016 pour la reconquête de la biodiversité, de la nature et des paysages (in French)

Our previous articles:

FRANCE: Neonicotinoids ban rejected by Mr. Stéphane Le Foll and the Senate

FRANCE: ANSES recommends strengthening the conditions of use of Neonicotinoids

FRANCE: Focus on the bans of Amenity uses and Home & Garden products

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FRANCE: Focus on the bans of Amenity uses and Home & Garden products

In France, Ecophyto plan and the Law on the use of PPPs (Labbé’s law of February 2014) are now modified by the Energetic transition law (Article 68) from the Ministry of Ecology.

The final text of the law has been published on 18/08/2015 in the French Republic Official Journal.

The initial bans are moved forward:

for Amenity uses (amenity areas, forest and areas accessible or open to the public): the ban is moved forward to 01/01/2017 instead of 01/01/2020

for Home & Garden (amateur) uses: the ban is moved forward to 01/01/2019 instead of 01/01/2022

Theses bans do not apply to biocontrol products, to low-risk products nor to products authorised for organic farming.

Also, between 01/10/2016 and 01/01/2017 distributors have to undertake a withdrawal program of self-service sales for Home & Garden products.

From 01/01/2017, plant protection products will not be available in self-service anymore for amateurs but only via a certified advisor.

This will not apply to biocontrol products and products based on basic substances only.

REMINDER for France:

Ban of Amenity uses products: 01/01/2017

Ban of self-service sales for Home & Garden products: 01/01/2017

Ban of Home & Garden products: 01/01/2019

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Useful links:

Law on the use of PPPs (Labbé’s law, February 2014)

Energetic transition law (August 2015)