European Pesticide Regulation  

Plant Protection Product Regulation

Plant protection products (PPP) are 'pesticides' that protect crops or desirable or useful plants. They are primarily used in the agricultural sector but also in forestry, horticulture, amenity areas and in home gardens.
The Plant Protection Productions Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24 November. It came into force on 14 December 2009 and shall apply from 14 June 2011 when Directives 79/117/EEC and 91/414/EEC will be repealed. The Regulation aims amongst other things to ensure a high level of human, animal and environmental protection as well as to provide clearer rules to make the approval process for plant protection products more effective.
 

Plant Protection Product Regulation Framework

Regulation/DirectiveIssuing BodyScope
Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009European Parliament and Council of the European UnionRegulation (EC) No 1107/2009 is the legislation concerning the placing of plant protection products (PPPs) on the market in the European Union. Before any PPP can be placed on the market or used, it must be authorised in the Member State(s) concerned. Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 lays down the rules and procedures for authorisation of PPPs.
Directive 2009/128/ECEuropean Parliament and Council of the European Union1. This Directive shall apply to pesticides that are plant protection products as defined in point 10(a) of Article 3;
2. This Directive shall apply without prejudice to any other relevant Community legislation;
3. The provisions of this Directive shall not prevent Member States from applying the precautionary principle in restricting or prohibiting the use of pesticides in specific circumstances or areas.
Directive 2009/127/ECEuropean Parliament and Council of the European UnionThe scope of this Directive is machinery for the application of pesticides that are plant protection products. However, since it is anticipated that the scope of the Framework Directive will be extended to cover biocidal products, the extension of the scope of the environmental protection requirements to machinery for the application of biocidal products should be examined by the Commission by 31 December 2012.
Regulation (EC) No 1185/2009European Parliament and Council of the European UnionThe scope of this Regulation should be limited to pesticides which are plant protection products covered by Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market, for which substantial experience already exists on data collection.
Regulation (EC) No 396/2005European Parliament and Council of the European UnionEU legislation harmonises and simplifies pesticide MRLs, and sets a common EU assessment scheme for all agricultural products for food or animal feed.