FRANCE – ANSES: Memo on grace periods and label update

ANSES published a memo on grace periods granted by ANSES and label update deadlines in the event of withdrawal, modification or non-renewal of an authorisation or a parallel trade permit for plant protection products.

It is reminded that the grace periods and delays of label update correspond to different and uncorrelated notions.

Regarding grace periods, as a reminder:

– a lack of indication of grace periods in a decision means that no delay has been granted;

– when grace periods are granted, they are mentioned in the decision and cannot exceed 6 months for the sales and distribution and 12 additional months for storage and use.

Concerning the timelines for label update, as a reminder:

– an absence of indication concerning the timeline to update the labels in a decision means that the default time limits apply: 6 months for the label update (or 12 months in case of addition of new uses or lighter precautions of use) and an additional 12 months for the use of stocks with the old labelling;

– Authorisation decisions may include different deadlines (shorter or longer).


To download:  

Délais de grâce octroyés par l’Anses et délais de mise à jour des étiquettes en cas de retrait, de modification ou de non-renouvellement d’une autorisation de mise sur le marché (AMM) ou d’un permis de commerce parallèle de produits phytopharmaceutiques (in French)


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EUROPE: ECPA Conference 7-8 March 2018

Lynxee consulting will participate to the 5th European Regulatory Conference on Crop protection organised by ECPA to be held on 7-8 March 2018 in Brussels. For this new edition, the interventions will be provided by representatives of Member States, EFSA, DG SANTE, Industry and others.

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For more information:  5th ECPA Regulatory Conference 2018


Amenity areas: French regulatory differences between professional and amateur products

Ecophyto II, laws for the future of agriculture,  and for the energetic transition and for biodiversity regrowth, placing on the market of PPPs, products used in amenity areas, separation of professional and amateur ranges of products, biocontrol… the regulatory framework is changing fast. How does it translate concretely in France for plant protection products for professional use but also for amateur use in terms of restriction of use, mode of application, packaging, labelling…?

Lynxee consulting has summarised in a poster the key elements to better understand the current regulations and their declination as two ranges of uses. The poster was presented during the 4th Conference on amenity uses and home & garden products organised by the French association for plant protection (AFPP) on 19-20 octobre 2016 in Toulouse.

To download the poster (in French): Lynxee Poster Amenity 2016

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EUROPE : CIR 2016 – 7 and 8 September 2016 (Nice)

Lynxee consulting will participate to the annual Chemical Industries Regulations Conference (CIR) held by Informa on 7-8 September 2016 in Nice. For the plant protection industry, this new edition of Agbio Summit will be organised around four sessions:

– Registration of Agrochemicals,

– Environmental safety- Ecotoxicology,

– Biologicals in Agriculture,

– Seed treatments.

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

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FRANCE: plant protection products authorised in or near places with vulnerable people

In France, the use of plant protection products is banned in places quoted by Article L. 253-7-1 of the French Rural Code (in French), namely school playgrounds and spaces usually frequented  by pupils within schools, spaces usually frequented  by children within nurseries, nurseries and leisure centers, playgrounds intended for children in public parks and gardens. The use of plant protection products is also banned near these places and near hospital centers and hospitals, private establishments for health, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, elderly centers and disability services center.

However, there are two exceptions: low-risk products and products for which the classification only contains some risk phrases.

The Authorities have just set the list of phrases (Order of 10 March 2016). All of them are related to hazard for the environment:

– R50, R51, R52, R53, R54, R55, R56, R57, R58, R59 (classification from Order of 9 November 2004) ;

– H400, H410, H411, H412, H413, EUH059 (classification from Regulation (EC) No.1272/2008).


Arrêté du 10 mars 2016 déterminant les phrases de risque visées au premier alinéa de l’article L. 253-7-1 du code rural et de la pêche maritime

See also our post:

FRANCE: Application of enhanced precautionary measures to protect vulnerable people from plant protection products

LYNXEE launch a Newsletter: Regulatory News on Plant Protection Products!

Many of you appreciate our posts on regulatory news and we are delighted of it. Therefore we decided to go even further by publishing a monthly newsletter compiling all our posts.

The newsletter is in English but you can always find our articles in French on our blog.

So, if you want to:

  • keep up-to-date on French and European regulatory news,
  • easily inform your French- and English-speaking colleagues and partners,

Have a look at the 2 Newsletters already published:


FRANCE: Application of enhanced precautionary measures to protect vulnerable people from plant protection products

In France, a memo was issued on January 27, 2016 by the Directorate General for Food (DGAl) to clarify the protective measures that can be implemented near places with vulnerable people, provide guidance on arrangements for defining the minimum distance required, define physical protection measures in case of new construction.

It is a “toolbox” available to the department prefects to enable them to better understand the local situation, in the current state of knowledge.


This memo follows Article 53 (in French) of the law for the future of agriculture, food and forestry (LAAAF) of 13 October 2014 that identifies enhanced precautionary measures to protect vulnerable people during the product application. 

Article L. 253-7-1 (in French) of the Code rural and maritime fishing is directly applicable as it is. 


Clarifications of the memo:

  1. Appropriate protection measures (used alone or combined)

    • Dates and treatment schedules defined outside of the presence of vulnerable people
    • Drift-reducing vegetative hedge
    • Devices to reduce spray drift risk (in French


If protective measures cannot be implemented, or if their effectiveness is insufficient, a minimum distance below which the use of pesticides near places with vulnerable people is forbidden must be defined:

  1. Minimum distance:

    • depending on the drift and thus on the intended uses of the products

For example, the following minimum distances lead to less than 1% of drift:

– 5 meters for field crops,

– 20 meters for vineyard,

– 50 meters for fruit trees.


In case of new construction of a facility:

  1. Required physical protection measures:

    • Drift-reducing vegetative hedge
    • 5-meter width zone without the presence of vulnerable persons


See the full memo:

Memo DGAL / SDQPV / 2016-80 of 27.1.2016 (in French): Application of enhanced precautionary measures to protect vulnerable people during plant protection products application under Article 53 of the law for the future of agriculture, food and forestry (LAAAF) of October 13, 2014