Authorisation process for plant protection products

Obtaining an authorisation for the placing of plant protection products on the market is a protracted process which takes place in two stages:

  1. Authorisation for the active substance
  2. Authorisation for the formulation/product

The procedure which culminates in obtaining an approval is discussed in the video prepared by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BLV). To view, click the link below:

We are currently at the stage of applying for an approval for the marketing of the active substance. As no other insecticides for wireworm control are currently available on the market, and wireworm infestation causes significant damage to field potato crops, there is an option of placing PPPs on the market in special circumstances derogating from the regular authorisation process (emergency authorisation). The legal basis is Article 53 of Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. If the risk associated with the product is low compared to its potential benefits, the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) grants permission for limited and controlled use of the product for a period not exceeding 120 days. Consequently, the permit must be renewed every year. In addition, the company must demonstrate that it is seeking authorisation in the framework of the standard procedure.

We are very happy that in the past years our company was granted an authorisation by derogation due to an emergency situation in plant protection. As a result, farmers were able to control the populations of wireworms, and effectively protect their potato crop yields. Also, for a small business as ours, even a small income stream generated during the costly authorisation process is a great help in covering high investment costs.

For more information about the emergency authorisation of plant protection products click the links below: