FRANCE: 18 actives on the hot seat: new action plan to reduce the use of PPPs

On 19 January 2018 the French government published a draft action plan on plant protection products to be finalised before the end of the first quarter of 2018.

The consultation will be conducted based on the Ecophyto national plan, which will be reviewed and adapted accordingly.

Four priorities are identified:

  1. Rapidly reducing the use of substances of greatest concern for the human health and the environment.
  2. Structuring and strengthening research on the impacts of PPPs on human health in support of strengthening the protection of populations.
  3. Supporting the research for alternatives and the implementation of these solutions by farmers.
  4. Strengthening the Ecophyto 2 plan, improving its governance and functioning.

In order to implement Priority 1, the action plan proposes that France opposes the renewal or extension of active substances of most concern at European level. Ministries could refer ANSES to, if necessary, define the necessary management measures (withdrawal of approvals, restriction of use) and carry out additional studies.

Overall, the action plan would concern 18 substances:

  • 6 actives expiring in 2018 (Chlorotoluron, Dimoxystrobin, Flumioxazin, Glufosinate, Diflufenican, Diquat)
  • 3 actives expiring after 2018 (Epoxiconazole, Profoxydim, Quizalofop-P-tefuryl)
  • 3 actives candidates for substitution (Metam-sodium, Metsulfuron methyl, Sulcotrione)
  • 5 actives identified as of concern by the mission (Bentazone, Mancozeb, Metazachlor, Prosulfocarb, S-Metalochlor)
  • Glyphosate will be part of this national and European approach and will be the subject of further studies, including experimental toxicological studies, for which the results will be expected within 3 years.

As for the implementation of Priority 3, the action plan proposes to promote biocontrol products (support  of small and medium-size companies during the registration process, proposal for the recognition of the status of biocontrol at EU level as part of the current REFIT of PPP legislation) and to promote preparations of little concern (so called “préparations naturelles peu préoccupantes” or PNPP) .


To download:  

Lancement de la concertation sur les propositions de plan d’actions sur les produits phytopharmaceutiques et une agriculture moins dépendante aux pesticides (In French)

Rapport des trois inspections (IGAS, CGAAER, CGEDD) sur l’utilisation des produits phytopharmaceutiques en France (In French)


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EUROPE: New version of the Pesticide Residue Intake Model (PRIMo rev. 3)

EFSA has released a new version of PRIMO model.

Since 2007, the EFSA PRIMo model, an Excel-based calculation spreadsheet, is the standard tool used to perform the dietary risk assessment for pesticide residues at EU level.

The model was now updated with regard to food consumption data derived from some recent dietary food surveys. In addition, new functionalities were included in the calculation spreadsheet to make the tool more user-friendly and to allow automatic integration of the EFSA PRIMo in the workflows where dietary risk assessments are performed.

PRIMo revision 3 should be used for new applications as from 1 February 2018.


To download:

Guidance document on the use of the EFSA Pesticide Residue Intake Model (EFSA PRIMo revision 3). EFSA Journal 2018;16(1):5147

EFSA calculation model Pesticide Residue Intake Model “PRIMo” revision 3


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EUROPE: Update of GD SANCO/6895/2009 rev 2.2 – dRR format

The EU COM has published an update of SANCO/6895/2009 rev 2.2. This version updates the version from October 2016.

This guideline describes in detail the structure and content of the 2016 updated draft registration report (dRR), following revisions based on experience of use and regulatory developments.

It provides advice to applicants to help them prepare submissions for authorisation of plant protection products.

It also advises MS on their role in assessing and completing the documentation necessary to support EU authorisation procedures.


To download:  

SANCO/6895/2009 rev 2.2 26 January 2018 – Technical guidelines on the presentation and evaluation of plant protection product dossiers in the format of a (draft) Registration Report


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FRANCE: Publication of a guide for the labelling of plant protection products for professional use

In 2017, IUPP (Union of plant protection industries) member companies conducted a National progress initiative aimed at homogenising the structure and improving the legibility of plant protection products labelling, in consultation with “tester” farmer groups and representatives of the agricultural sector and the administration.

This labelling guide is mainly based on European regulations (EC) No. 1107/2009, 547/2011 and 1272/2008, as well as their amendments and includes information on elements applied or  directly printed on the packaging, but also on the labelling content of packs and outer packaging of selling units. The document provides regulatory recommendations, but also good practice recommendations proposed by UIPP.


To download: guide d’étiquetage des produits phytopharmaceutiques à usage professionnel


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