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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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FRANCE: Promotion of biocontrol – Publication of the Law ‘Potier’

The law No.2017-348 concerning the fight against agricultural land grabbing and the development of biocontrol was published on Tuesday 21 March in the French Official Journal.

As for biocontrol, the law first extends the exemptions to the pesticides ban in amenity areas, forests, public roads, and walking paths accessible or opened to the public. Indeed, the use of pesticides is authorised in case of a serious sanitary hazard threatening the sustainability of the historical or biological heritage and that cannot be controlled  by another way, including a non-chemical method.

In addition, the exemption of phytosanitary certification is extended to all biocontrol products, except those being classified, and to the basic substances. So far, this exemption only concerned the list of biocontrol plant protection products set in November 2016 in accordance with articles L.253-5 and L.253-7 of the Rural Code.

The law also extends the exemption of operator certification called Certiphyto for chemical mediators and basic substances.

Lastly, this law re-implements the plant protection products saving certificates (‘CEPP’). Indeed, the Ordinance regarding the experimental CEPP procedure was called off by the Council of State in December 2016 further to an appeal of pesticides producers and distributors.

To download:

Law No.2017-348 concerning the fight against agricultural land grabbing and the development of biocontrol  (in French)

 

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FRANCE: 2017 IBMA France annual conference

Lynxee consulting will participate to the annual French IBMA Conference which will be held on 31 January 2017 afternoon in Paris. Ground realities, perspectives, education, etc. are some of the topics that will be covered by the four panel discussions:

  • Cereals, oilseeds and pulses,
  • Fruit crops,
  • Vegetable crops (indoor and outdoor),
  • Amenity areas.

On this occasion, we will be pleased to answer to your regulatory questions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us right now to arrange a meeting: http://lynxee.consulting/en/contact/

Details to subscribe to the conference – mandatory (in French)

FRANCE: publication of the official list of biocontrol products

The French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has published in an official note the list of biocontrol plant protection products in accordance with articles L.253-5 and L.253-7 of the Rural Code. This list will be updated whenever necessary, biannually at least.

Products from this list are exempted from the following bans and obligations which generally concern all the plant protection products mentioned in article L.253-1:

– Ban on commercial advertising,

– Obligation to implement actions in order to decrease the use of pesticides, within the framework of the implementation of plant protection products saving certificates (‘CEPP’),

– Ban on the use in amenity areas, forests, public roads, and walking paths accessible or opened to the public from 1st January 2017,

– Ban on direct sales in self-service to amateurs from 1st January 2017,

– Ban on placing on the market, delivery, use and holding for amateur use from 1st January 2019.

Moreover, the products quoted in this list will benefit from a reduced tax rate of sales revenues. This tax aims to fund the establishment of the monitoring system called ‘phytopharmacovigilance’ (PPV).

The present note thus repeals Notes DGAL/SDQPV/2016-279 from 31/03/2016, DGAL/SDQPV/2016-427 from 25/05/2016 and DGAL/SDQPV/2016-447 from 30/05/2016.

Products quoted in this list must respect three types of criteria as regards their regulatory status, the nature of their active substance(s) and their human and environmental safety:

– the products must have a French approval

(to be noted: the products authorised for max. 120 days for emergency reasons (article 53 of Regulation (EC) No.1107/2009) are excluded from the list)

– the active substances must be micro-organisms, chemical mediators or natural substances from animal, vegetal or mineral origin

A natural substance means a substance naturally present and identified as it is in the environment. This substance is either extracted from the natural material source or obtained by chemical synthesis provided it is strictly identical to the corresponding natural substance. Substances generated by prokaryotes, unicellular eukaryotes or fungi belong to the category of natural substances.

– the products must not be classified as regards their acute toxicity (categories 1, 2 and 3), their mutagenic, carcinogenic or reprotoxic properties or their specific target organ toxicity. They must not be classified as skin or respiratory sensitisers (except for pheromones release via a dispenser for skin sensitisers).

– the products must not be classified as regards their acute or chronic toxicity (category 1) to the aquatic environment, except if there is no risk of transfer to the environment or if this risk is negligible.

In addition, insecticide products with a large spectrum of action that are authorised for at least one major use, are excluded from the list because of their non-selective effect.

 

To download: Note DGAL/SDQSPV/2016-853 du 03 Novembre 2016 (in French)

 

See our previous articles:

FRANCE: List of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

FRANCE: New entries into the list of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

FRANCE: Additional new entries into the list of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

 

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FRANCE: Additional new entries into the list of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

The Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-447 of 30 May 2016  from the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry adds new biocontrol products to the list quoted in Article 1 of French Order of 9 March 2016 setting the tax rate on plant protection product sales revenues.

This note was published as a supplement to the Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-279 of 31 March 2016 modified by the Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-427 of 20 May 2016.

See our articles:

FRANCE: List of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

FRANCE: New entries into the list of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

FRANCE: New entries into the list of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

The Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-427 of 20 May 2016  from the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry adds new biocontrol products to the list quoted in Article 1 of French Order of 9 March 2016 setting the tax rate on plant protection product sales revenues.

This note was published as a supplement to the Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-279 of 31 March 2016.

 

See our article:

FRANCE: List of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

EUROPE: The new Guidance Document on semiochemicals is available!

EFSA has published a new Guidance Document on “Semiochemical active substances and plant protection products” (SANTE/12815/2014 rev. 5.2, May 2016).

This guidance document has been built on existing OECD-12 Guidance Document (Guidance for Registration Requirements for Pheromones and Other Semiochemicals Used for Arthropod Pest Control, OECD Environment, Health and Safety Publications, Series on Pesticides No. 12) and experience gained since then, especially during the peer review of SCLPs (Straight Chain Lepidopteran Pheromones).

Amongst others, a calculation method to estimate natural exposure levels of semiochemicals is given. This value can then be compared to the release rate of the semiochemical Plant Protection Product (PPP).
When the use of the PPP results in lower, similar or comparable exposure to the natural exposure level of the semiochemical, the risk characterisation is concluded and no further information is needed with the exception of identity, characterisation and analytical methods.
When the use of the PPP results in higher exposure to the natural exposure level of the semiochemical, a Tier II is proposed based on mathematical modelling.

This guidance also clarifies other data requirements depending on the type of semiochemical product:

1. Retrievable dispensers

1A) Passive dispensers (extruded or reservoir). The semiochemical diffuses continuously from the device into the air where the active substance becomes diluted.

1B) Active dispensers. The semiochemical is released discontinuously from the device into the air where the active substance becomes diluted.

2. Passive non-retrievable products

2A) Dispensers (extruded or reservoir). The semiochemical diffuses continuously from the device (such as biodegradable dispensers) into the air where the active substance becomes diluted.

2B) Dosable matrix dispensers. The semiochemical is embedded in a matrix, such as a sticky polymeric material. They are not discrete units; application is in-situ by attaching the polymeric mass onto plants or elsewhere at the site of use.

2C) Capsule suspension products. The semiochemical is formulated as a microencapsulation.

2D) Granular products (non-WDG). the semiochemical is formulated in a granular form.

2E) Seed treatment products

 

This guidance document will apply to applications submitted from 1 January 2017 onwards.

 

Lynxee consulting’s team is at your disposal to help you with your dossier preparation.

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FRANCE: List of biocontrol products benefiting from a reduced tax on sales

The Note DGAL/SDQPV/2016-279 of 31 March 2016 from the French Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry lists the biocontrol products benefiting from a tax rate of 0.1% of of sales revenues instead of 0.2% for conventional products.

This tax is set in the French Order of 9 March 2016 and aims to fund the establishment of  the monitoring system called ‘phytopharmacovigilance’ (PPV)  created by the French law for the future of Agriculture of 13 October 2014.

This Note repeals the Note DGAL/SDQPV/2015-315 of 01 April 2015.

 

See our article:

FRANCE: Tax on the sale of plant protection products (Order March 2016)