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

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

The French Order of March 9 sets the tax rate to 0.2% of sales revenues for conventional plant protection products and 0.1% for biocontrol products.

This tax applies to plant protection products which were the subject of an Authorisation or a parallel trade permit.

This tax is assigned to ANSES to finance the establishment of the monitoring system called ‘phytopharmacovigilance’ (PPV) established by the French law for the future of Agriculture of 13 October 2014.


Arrêté du 9 mars 2016 fixant le taux de la taxe sur la vente de produits phytopharmaceutiques


CLP: Searchable list of harmonised entries in Annex VI now available!

ECHA has published an easy-to-search list containing the harmonised classification and labelling of hazardous substances (Table 3.1 of Annex VI to the Regulation (EC) No.1272/2008, called CLP regulation). All the information on the harmonised classification and labelling up until the Seventh Adaptation to Technical Progress (i.e. Commission Regulation (EU) No.2015/1221)  is now readily available in a single Excel file.

The harmonised classification and labelling of hazardous substances is updated through an “Adaptation to Technical Progress (ATP)” which is issued by the European Commission. Following the adoption of the opinion on the harmonised classification and labelling of a substance by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC), the European Commission takes a decision and publishes the updated list in an ATP.

This will be  a useful tool, keeping in mind that the official source for this information remains the Official Journal of the European Union.

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 : E-Phy website is back on-line

As part of its new responsibilities regarding approvals of plant protection products, fertilisers and growing media, and adjuvants, Anses is now in charge of E-Phy database, the national reference for the authorised uses of these products in France. Anses has just achieved the revision of the tool.

The new version, characterised by a more modern and intuitive user interface, is now available:

The new E-Phy website keeps the same structure and spirit compared to the old tool: it is built on the principle of product sheets, the products being classified by category.

E-Phy also proposes new functionalities in order to meet expressed expectations, such as the characterisation of products authorised for organic farming.

The creation of filters facilitates the searches (product status, function, use, authorisation for amateurs, bee claims, etc.)

On the website, a presentation document (in French) gives several tips for browsing and searching.

At last, the new E-Phy website is intended to evolve. Other functionalities will be added in the coming months, always with the objective to increase the capacities of search and to meet the expectations of all users.