FRANCE: New Decree for PPP saving certificates (‘CEPP’)

A new decree specifying the modalities of the experimentation of PPP saving Certificates (‘CEPP’) has just been published.

This publication follows the adoption of the so-called Potier’s law concerning the fight against agricultural land grabbing and the development of biocontrol which had restored the ‘CEPP’.

In the coming days, five new standardised actions will be published which can be implemented in this framework. Moreover, amongst the 20 existing actions, some will be completed in order to widen the list of products and materials. Finally, 60 proposals for action are currently being evaluated and will be able to integrate the system shortly.


To download: Décret n° 2017-590 du 20 avril 2017 relatif à la mise en œuvre du dispositif expérimental de certificats d’économie de produits phytopharmaceutiques (in French) 


Our previous article: FRANCE: Re-implementation of plant protection products saving certificates (‘CEPP’) 


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UK: Information on EU Exit and impact on application processes

The UK Prime Minister has formally notified the European Council of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union: Prime Minister’s letter to Donald Tusk triggering Article 50, and the UK Government has published a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill explaining how the government will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and transfer all of the EU legislation as it applies in the UK into domestic law.

HSE confirm that they will continue to process applications made under the Biocides and Plant Protection Products regimes during the period leading up to EU exit.  Any applications made before EU exit will continue to be considered to the current rules and standards applicable, and if these applications have not been completed at the date of EU exit they will continue to be progressed to reach a UK decision after EU exit.


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 – ANSES: New fees

The Decree of 12 April 2017 fixing the fees paid to Anses was published in the French Official Journal of 29 April 2017.

The text enters into force on 01 July 2017. It repeals the Decree of 16 April 2012 and aims at setting fees for new categories of applications and to review existing fees.

On overall low-risk and biocontrol products are promoted to the detriment of ‘conventional’ products, and products containing candidates for substitution are highly taxed.

It may be noted that the renewal fee for approval of an active substance, safener or synergist which was EUR 100 000 is increased to EUR 200 000.

The fee for an application for approval for a ‘conventional’ product increases from EUR 40 000 to EUR 50 000, and EUR 65 000 if the product contains a candidate for substitution. The renewal fees also increase to EUR 60 000 for a ‘conventional’ product and to EUR 75 000 for a product containing a candidate for substitution.

The fee for an application for mutual recognition increases from EUR 12-15 000 to EUR 30 000, and 40 000 Euros if the product contains a candidate for substitution.

Fees for low-risk products remain at the same level as previously: EUR 40 000 for the approval of the low-risk active substance and EUR 2 000 for the authorisation of a product.

The fee for biocontrol products as defined by Article L. 253-6 (2) of French Rural Code that do not contain substances from plant origin chemically modified or from animal or mineral origin is the same as for  low-risk products (EUR 2 000).

A special fee for biocontrol products that contain substances from plant origin chemically modified or from animal or mineral origin has been created: EUR 25 000.


To download (in French):  Arrêté du 12 avril 2017 fixant le barème de la taxe fiscale affectée perçue par l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail relative à la mise sur le marché des produits phytopharmaceutiques et de leurs adjuvants, des matières fertilisantes et de leurs adjuvants et des supports de culture


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EFSA Public consultation: effects of pesticides on amphibians and reptiles

The public consultation on the Draft Scientific Opinion of the EFSA Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues (PPR) on the state of the science on pesticide risk assessment for amphibians and reptiles is opened until 27 May 2017.

The PPR Panel therefore considers that initial suspicion is given for a thoughtful examination of actual risk-assessment schemes, in order to provide the fundamentals for an operational assessment of active substances and PPPs. The PPR panel recommended already in the scientific opinion on the update of the data requirements (EFSA 2007) that an appropriate risk assessment approach for amphibians should be developed. The aim is to ensure that those products are authorized that have no unacceptable effects on non-target species, biodiversity and the ecosystem as required by current legislation (Regulation (EU) 1107/2009).

The current opinion aims at providing the scientific basis for developing a future risk assessment scheme and covers the following topics:

– Ecology and biology of amphibians and sources of environmental exposure,

– Definition of spatial aspects to be considered in the risk assessment,

– Population dynamics and modelling approach to support the setting of Specific Protection Goals (SPG),

– Specific protection goal options for amphibians and reptiles,

– General framework for developing a risk assessment scheme,

– Uncertainties in the risk assessment for amphibians and reptiles,

– Toxicological endpoints and standard tests relevant for amphibians and reptiles,

– Exposure assessment in the environment,

– Coverage of amphibians and reptiles by existing risk assessment schemes for other groups of organisms.


For more information, see EFSA website.