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Environmental risk of veterinary medicines  (pdf, 300 kb) 26.2.2015




The EU Plant Protection Products Regulation effective as of 14 June 2011

  • The application of the new PPP Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009 began on 14 June 2011.
  • The new Regulation repeals the Plant Protection Products Directive (91/414/EEC), which is still applicable to products for which the application has been filed before 14 June 2011.


The new Regulation lays down the approval criteria for active substances. It also includes the substitution principle to which products designated for the same use are compared with each other, and any of them considered to be more dangerous for health or the environment may remain non-authorised.


In order to make the assessment more effective and quicker and to facilitate the member states' work, the Community has been divided into three zones. Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Baltic states belong to the North zone.


Within a zone one of the member states evaluates the PPP authorisation application on behalf of all the states in which the application has been filed. The evaluating state having made the decision on authorisation, other member states shall in practice mutually recognise the decision.


Different environmental and agricultural conditions are taken account of in the Regulation, and it gives the opportunity to lay down national requirements or risk management measures for the use of PPPs reflecting special local circumstances.


The purpose of the Plant Protection Products Regulation is to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment and at the same time to safeguard the competitiveness of Community agriculture. The Regulation also aims at increasing the free movement of PPPs and the availability of them in the member states.