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FRANCE: New Agriculture and Food law published

Further to its final adoption by The French National Assembly on 02 October, the law for achieving a balance in trade relations in the agricultural sector and for healthy, sustainable and affordable food was published on the Officiel Journal of 1st November 2018.

This agriculture and food law, also called EGalim law, results from the “États généraux de l’alimentation” (French National Food conference) held from 20 July to 21 December 2017. Three  objectives are pursued:

– pay fairer prices to producers,

– strengthen the safety, environmental and nutritional quality of food products,

– promote healthy, safe and sustainable food for all.

The agriculture and food law hardens the sale conditions and the use of pesticides in France:

  • Separation of sales and consultancy activities.
  • Ban on discounts, rebates and price reductions on pesticides for a better control of their use (except for biocontrol products as defined by article L. 253-6  of French Rural Code, basic substances as defined by article 23 of Regulation (EC) No.1107/2009 and low risk products as defined by the same regulation).
  • Extension of the neonicotinoids ban to all products containing active substances with the same mode of action in order to fight against biodiversity loss and to protect bees (article 83 of the law, modifying article L. 253-8 of the French Rural Code). The modalities of implementation will be set by a decree.

Despite the French government commitment to ban glyphosate within three years, no reference is made in the present law as regards the implementation of the ban.

Production, storage and transport of products containing active substances that are non EU-approved due to human, animal and/or environmental safety reasons, will be banned by 1st January 2022.

By 1st January 2020, risk mitigation measures will have to be implemented in order to strengthen the protection of residents, except for biocontrol products mentioned by the second paragraph of article L. 253-6 and for products containing exclusively basic or low risk substances as defined by Regulation (EC) No.1107/2009. The measures  will be formalised at local level by operators in agreement with residents. Implementation modalities will be set by a decree (article 83 of the law).

According to the law, the government shall present to the French Parliament within 6 months, a report as regards the setting up and the financing, before 1st January 2020, of a compensation fund for victims of pesticide-induced diseases (article 81).

In order to reduce the risk and the effects of the use of pesticides on human health and on the environment, article 80 of the law amends article L. 253-6 of the French Rural Code by specifying that a national action plan will set measures to mobilise research for developing alternative solutions to pesticides. This national plan is supplemented by a national strategic deployment plan for biocontrol products. Shorter evaluation  timelines is planned for biocontrol and biostimulant products.  In addition, the corresponding administrative procedures will be eased for applicants.

Article 77 amends article L. 253-1 of the French Rural Code by specifying that natural biostimulant substances are authorised via simplified procedure and evaluation whose implementation modalities will be set by regulation. The procedure and the evaluation will be adapted in the case of applications dealing with edible part of treated crops.

Lastly, the law authorises, for a 3-year period, experimental use of aircrafts for aerial application of products authorised in organic farming, or within in certified farms when the slope is equal or higher than 30%.

To download:

LOI n° 2018-938 du 30 octobre 2018 pour l’équilibre des relations commerciales dans le secteur agricole et alimentaire et une alimentation saine, durable et accessible à tous (EGalim law – in French)

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FRANCE: Usable in Organic farming (UAB) claim granted to more than 50 new products

The French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO) has decided to include PPP registered for amateur uses and products authorised for use after harvest, according to their criteria, in the register of inputs which can be used in organic farming.

This decision is issued in the context of the implementation of significant restrictions on the sales of products for amateur use pursuant to Labbé’s law (February 2014) and modified by the Energetic transition law (August 2015) as of 1 January 2019: products with the UAB claim will remain on the market and will continue to be used by amateurs.

Thus, more than 50 products are awarded UAB claim.


As a reminder, on the E-phy website and in the open data file of the catalogue of PPPs, products with the mention UAB can be easily found by applying a filter on searches.

See also our previous articles:

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

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FRANCE: Update of the official list of biocontrol products – March 2018

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 repeals the previous one dated 24 January 2018 and entered into force on 15 March 2018.

This note includes a total of 8 new products: 3 in Part A (products containing microorganisms), 4 in Part C (products containing natural substances of plant, animal or mineral origin) and 1 in part D. Part B (products including semiochemicals) remains unchanged.


The next update will be issued in May 2018 on the basis of products authorised on 30 April 2018.

 

To download: Note DGAL/SDQSPV/2018-205 du 15/03/2018 (in French)

 

See also our previous articles:

FRANCE: Release of a memo relative to biocontrol products

FRANCE: Update of the official list of biocontrol products – January 2018

 

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FRANCE: Release of a memo relative to biocontrol products

ANSES has published a memo on 01/03/2018 intended to applicants and relating to biocontrol products. This National note reminds the regulatory framework for biocontrol products and the procedure of  authorisation for this type of product.

As a reminder, biocontrol products, as defined by Article L. 253-6 of the French Rural Code, are classified into three categories (microorganisms, semiochemicals and natural substances of plant, animal or mineral origin). Biocontrol products already authorised and fulfilling additional criteria are included in a list set by the Ministry of Agriculture and updated every two months (Article L. 253-5 and L. 253-7).

The application for approval of biocontrol products benefits from reduced fees, set in application of the Order of 12/04/2017, and from an evaluation timeline limited to 6-8 months instead of 12 months for conventional plant protection products.

To download:  Note à l’attention des demandeurs d’AMM : cas des produits de biocontrôle (in French)

 

See also our previous articles:

FRANCE: Update of the official list of biocontrol products – January 2018

FRANCE – ANSES: New fees

 

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FRANCE: Update of the official list of biocontrol products – January 2018

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 repeals the previous one dated 19 October 2017 and entered into force on 22 January 2018.

As well as providing some typographical corrections on products already listed, this note includes a total of 16 new products: 4 in Part A (products containing micro-organisms), 3 in Part B (products containing chemical mediators), 9 in Part C (products containing natural substances of plant, animal or mineral origin). Part D (insect traps) remains unchanged. It has to be noted that 3 products are taken off the list (Part C).

The next update will be issued in March 2018 on the basis of products authorised on 28 February 2018.

 

To download: Note DGAL/SDQSPV/2018-54 du 22/01/2018 (in French)

 

See our previous articles: New update of the official list of biocontrol products

 

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FRANCE: New update of the official list of biocontrol products

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 repeals the previous one dated 28 July 2017 and entered into force on 17 October 2017.

As well as providing some typographical corrections on products already included, this note includes a total of 16 new products: 3 in Part A (products containing micro-organisms), 1 in Part B (products containing chemical mediators), 11 in Part C (products containing natural substances of plant, animal or mineral origin) and 1 in Part D (insects traps).

The next update will take place in January 2018 on the basis of products authorised on 31 December 2017.

 

To download: Note DGAL/SDQSPV/2017-826 du 18/10/2017 (in French)

 

See our previous articles: 2nd update of the official list of biocontrol products

 

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FRANCE: 2nd update of the official list of biocontrol products

The French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has published the 2nd 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.

 

The new note specifies notably that as a result of the ban on self-service sales to non-professional users since 1 January 2017, only biocontrol products from the list with the claim “emploi autorisé dans les jardins” (for amateur use) are allowed to be sold by self-service. The biocontrol products authorised for professional use cannot be sold to amateur users.

The note also highlights that parallel trade product are covered by the list.

In addition, 32 products have been added to the list of biocontrol products.

 

To download: Note DGAL/SDQSPV/2017-635 du 28/07/2017

 

See our previous articles:

FRANCE: First update of the official list of biocontrol products

FRANCE: publication of the official list of biocontrol products

 

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EUROPE: Release of a Biopesticides Manual on microorganisms, botanicals and semiochemicals

Ctgb, the Authorities from the Netherlands, has released a Manual on Biopesticides. It concerns microorganisms (including viruses), botanicals and semiochemicals (e.g. pheromons).

This Manual gives an overview of data requirements and risk assessments for biopesticides in all areas: phys-chem properties and analytical methods, mammalian toxicology, residues, fate and behaviour, effects on non-target species and efficacy.

This Evaluation Manual addresses the evaluation of biopesticides based on the data requirements and uniform principles under Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. Mainly issues that need further explanation are addressed. Where needed, important information from the Regulations or additional explanations and interpretations are provided.

 

To download:  

Ctgb – Evaluation Manual for the Authorisation of Biopesticides according to Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 – Microorganisms, Botanicals, Semiochemicals – version 1.0; July 2017

 

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FRANCE: Report on biocontrol products

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry seised the General Council for Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas (CGAAER), to propose, on the basis of a diagnosis of the current situation, recommendations for development strategy and regulatory framework to promote the use of biocontrol products by farmers and other users.

The report draws up a list of 5 recommendations:

  • To propose a regulatory definition of biocontrol products in order to better define their framework;
  • To respect the deadlines for the processing of applications for approval as from 1 January 2018;
  • To specify and implement strategies and research priorities for the biocontrol sector in a roadmap;
  • Systematic use and valorisation of biocontrol products by setting up specific indicators, by multiplying standardised CEPP actions (PPP saving certificates), by listing biocontrol products in BSV (Plant Health Bulletins) and by promoting the sharing of biocontrol products experience;
  • To promote biocontrol products in all public policies, in particular by providing a coherent and objective discourse to potential users and citizens.

 

To download:  Les produits de biocontrôle pour la protection des cultures (in French)

 

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FRANCE: First update of the official list of biocontrol products

The French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has published the first 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.

Some criteria of inclusion into the list were reviewed.

The note sets that the plant protection products containing an active substance candidate for substitution (Regulation (EU) 2015/408) cannot be included in the official list of biocontrol product.

As regards human health, the hazard statements H317 (skin sensitiser) and H334 (respiratory sensitiser) are not considered as criteria of exclusion anymore.

Lastly, insecticide products with a large spectrum of action are not excluded anymore either.

To download:

Note DGAL/SDQSPV/2017-289 of 28/03/2017 (in French)

 

See our previous article:

France: publication of the official list of biocontrol products

 

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