Trials and research activity
Trials carried out on plant protection products require a permit if:
- the product has not been authorised for use as a plant protection product; or
- the trial is conducted on an authorised product but for a new intended use.
The permit is granted if:
- the trial is not anticipated to be likely to have adverse effects on human or animal health or the environment;
- the applicant will use appropriate testing facilities for the experiment; and
- the trial will take place under controlled conditions using a restricted amount of products in a restricted area.
Applications for trial permits for research or development purposes must be submitted to Tukes no later than two months before the date on which the trial is planned to begin. Permit-holders must provide Tukes with a report on the trial conducted no later than within three months of the date of the permit's expiry.
A permit is not needed if the testing facility is an officially recognised testing facility testing the biological efficacy and usability of plant protection products. Such testing facilities must notify Tukes of upcoming trials one week before their commencement.
Official recognition of facilities testing the biological efficacy and usability of plant protection products (GEP)
No other organisations than those that meet the requirements set for Good Experimental Practice (GEP) can be approved as officially recognised facilities testing the efficacy and usability of plant protection products.
In Finland applications for the official recognition of testing facilities must be submitted to Tukes.
Tukes examines whether the requirements set for recognition are met by examining the application documents and conducting on-site inspections at the facility.
A facility can be officially recognised if it has suitably qualified staff, appropriate equipment, premises and testing locations as well as standard operating procedures, all of which must meet the requirements set for GEP.