Plant Protection Products


Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 is the legislation concerning the placing of plant protection products (PPPs) on the market in the European Union. PPPs contain at least one approved active substance (check on the legislation on the approval of active substances). Active substances can include microorganisms, pheromones and plant extracts.

Before any PPP can be placed on the market or used, it must be authorised in the Member State(s) concerned. These rules are laid out in Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 (see above). 

The procedure to apply for authorisation of a PPP implies a zonal system, that is, the EU is divided into 3 zones. Member States assess applications on behalf the other countries in their zone and sometimes on behalf of all zones. The rules for this zonal approach are set out in EC) Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 . There are different types of application, ranging from parallel trade permits to first authorisation of a PPP. It takes up to 1,5 years from the date to application to the granting, amendment or withdrawal of an authorisation. More information on these procedures can be found here.  (e.g. information on the Plant Protection Products Application Management System - PPPAMS).

Technical and procedural guidelines on Active Substances and PPP dossiers are available. These range from technical guidance on phys-chem analytical methods to guidance on how to assess the risk to birds or mammals. 

Member States apply fees to carry out the evaluation work of a dossier. These fees vary between Member States.

We listed some useful links for you by European Member State. Get in touch if you need help with your dossier !


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