Regulation Proposal for EU Fertilisers
Monday, August 8, 2016
On July 12th 2016, Eric Liegeois (European Commission) explained the Regulation Proposal for EU Fertilisers addressing plant bio-stimulants and reported on the first discussion on the new EU fertilizer regulation conducted with the EU Council.
The main objectives of the proposal are:
- To create a level playing field between all fertilising products
- To better protect health and environment
- To facilitate nutrient recovery and reduce dependency from critical raw materials: make this industry more sustainable
- To reduce administrative burden and legal uncertainties (e.g. type listing, wastes status, animal-by-products status, PPP status…)
- Increase users' choice or companies' portfolio for more sustainable products
- Strengthen informed choice of users: i.e. labelling (help "advisors", support precision farming)
- Improve the environmental footprint of feedstock by regulating levels of contaminants, impurities
- Improve the products' efficiency by regulating minimum quality standards
Currently in the EU, 28 national fertilizer regulations coexist with EU fertilizer regulation (Reg. (EC) No. 2003/2003). The new Revised Fertilizer Regulation intends to link the fertilizer regulation to other EU policies, in particular to plant protection product legislation (some bio-stimulants have so far been regulated under Reg. (EC) No. 1107/2009).
The elements of the main proposal include optional harmonisation, all-encompassing scope, a new legislative framework, focus on environmental performance, limit values and dynamics. Entry into force was originally planned for 01 January 2018, but expected to be delayed until 2019. Whilst the future is still unclear, Eurofins Regulatory AG is happy to discuss this new regulation proposal and can provide help and support.
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