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FRANCE: Monitoring or mass trapping with semiochemicals

The rules related to the placing on the market and the use of monitoring and mass traps containing semiochemicals have been specified by the Ministry of Agriculture as regards their uses for the monitoring or the control of crop pests. 

Published in the Official Bulletin of 22 September 2020, the note is part of the national biocontrol deployment strategy planned by Article 80 of the law called “EGAlim”. According to the note, a plant protection product marketing authorisation is not required for monitoring and mass traps that meet the criteria of the official list for biocontrol products (articles L.253-5 et L.253-7 of French Rural Code) as soon as the traps do not contain an insecticide.

Traps labelling shall be compliant with the provisions of Regulation (EC) No 272/2008 (CLP).

However, the marketing authorisation of the trapping device remains necessary when the lethal part of the trap involves an insecticidal active substance.

To be noted: a marketing authorisation is not required for traps containing food as attractant except if they also contain an insecticide active substance.

 

To download:

Technical instruction DGAL/SDQSPV/2020-581 of 22.09.2020 – Placing on the market and use of traps containing semiochemicals  used for the monitoring or the control of insect pests in crops.  (in French)

 

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FRANCE: Increase of the tax on the sale of Plant Protection Products

Further to the publication of the Order of 27 February 2020 repealing the Order of 09 March 2016, the rate of the tax applied to the sale of plant protection products is increased. Thus, for plant protection products which were the subject of an Authorisation or a parallel trade permit on 01 January of the tax year, the tax rate is increased from 0.2% to 0.9% of sales revenues for conventional products and is maintained at 0.1% for the products of the official biocontrol list.

This increase is the result of the raising of the rate ceiling set by the law 2019-1446 for the 2020 social security financing.

This tax is assigned to ANSES to finance the phytopharmacovigilance as well as the compensation fund for victims of pesticides.

 

To download: 

Arrêté du 27 février 2020 fixant le taux de la taxe sur la vente de produits phytopharmaceutiques (in French)

See also our previous articles: 

FRANCE : Tax on the sale of Plant Protection Products (Order 09 March 2016)

 

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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)

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FRANCE: New Agriculture and Food law published

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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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