One of the prerequisites to authorize a plant protection product (PPP) is that potential residues in food and feed resulting from the intended use of the PPP are covered by EU Maximum Residue Limits (EU MRLs).
The procedure for the application and setting of an EU MRL (incl. import tolerance) is clarified in Guidance DocumentSANTE/2015/10595 prepared by the European Commission.
The submission and evaluation of confirmatory data for an EU MRL following the MRL review follows more or less the same procedure as a standard application for setting/modification of an EU MRL (see above). Additional guidance is available in Working Document SANTE/E4/VW 10235/2016 prepared by the European Commission.
Additional practical information and particular guidance regarding the implementation of this procedure in Belgium is included in a separate document (see pdf below).
This guidance document on the dose expression for vertical crops contains all the information necessary for applicants of authorisations for plant protection products to calculate the dose per hectare leaf wall area (LWA).
Authorisations in ornamentals are generally use extensions made by third parties (research stations, producers organizations, …), but authorisation holders are also invited to propose use extensions in ornamentals. This guidance indicates the points which should be taken into consideration when generating this type of dossier.
An overview of guidance documents available for the assessment of the physico-chemical characteristics of plant protection products, incl. information about the possibility to extrapolation packaging materials, the FAO and WHO specifications and the European guidance document on the validation of analytical methods.
New European technical and procedural guidance documents are entering into force. This has repercussions on the applications for authorisation of plant protection products and on the dossiers for the approval of active substances at European level. The timing for these new guidance documents to be applied is given in the document below.
The basic spreadsheet for PEC values. Other spreadsheets (multiple application PEC calculator; first-order multiple application accumulation PEC) are available on the website of the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) from the United Kingdom.
Guidelines for the selection and application of the precautionary statements (P statements) for plant protection products in Belgium (as applied by the Registration committee from 1/4/2016). Note that P statements can be assigned by the committee if it deems to be necessary based on the risk evaluation.
This guidance has the purpose to explain how the Belgian competent authority (the Service Plant Protection Products and Fertilisers, SPF) will undertake comparative assessment and substitution, a requirement for certain plant protection products introduced by EU Regulation 1107/2009, and to announce new guidance for applicants. Furthermore, we propose applicants a form in annex 2, specific for Belgium, for submitting information to support the process of comparative assessment.
This list contains the plant protection products which are authorised in Belgium and can be used in organic farming in accordance with annex I of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1165 of 15 July 2021 authorising certain products and substances for use in organic production and establishing their lists.
Searching with the new search functionality is made easier by a lot of modifications. Below you find more information about these changes, the new functionalities and a number of limitations.
You can refine your results before or after a query. For the time being, following filters are available:
User category: professional or non professional use
Status: in standard mode only authorised products are searched for. It is possible to differentiate between authorised products in selling out or in using out status. Those products are also clearly marked in the searching results. You can also search for the since 2019 withdrawn authorisations.
Product characteristic: a number of specific properties to reduce the outcome, e.g. a low risk product according to article 47 of Regulation 1107/2009 concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market.
Permit for parallel trade
Nature: filter for herbicides, insecticides…. It is possible to check multiple options at the same time.
Formulation type: filter for the type of formulation, e.g. SC or suspension concentrate
A number of lists are available below the search function. Those are refreshed on a daily basis.
all crops present in our database (this does not necessarily mean that for all those crops a number of products are authorised for being used)
all pests present in our database (this does not necessarily mean that for all those pests a number of products are authorised for being used)
all authorisation holders
Instead of the previously offered .txt-document with information concerning the authorised plant protection products, it is now possible to generate yourself a list of all authorised products via the searching function, and export the results into an excelfile. You can do this by searching for all authorisations without selecting any parameter. You will in that case receive a full list containing all authorised products. Off course, you can follow the same procedure in order to generate different lists by selecting other filters.
Crops and pests
The crops are ordered in a hierarchical way in our database (see the section Lists above to obtain a full list). The new searching function allows to search for products that are suited for use in a crop, taking into account this hierarchy. E.g. when looking for a specific ornamental crop, you will also find the products that are authorised for use in the whole group of ornamental crops.
You can search for crops or pests or on one or more combinations of a crop and a pest. Just make sure to first select the crop and only then the pest.
The basic substances used to be present in a separate list, but now they are integrated in the searching function.
In the search results table, it is possible to make extra columns visible (button 'Show columns') to get more information about the authorisations found and to compare them. In these columns, e.g. relevant dates are present, so you can sort over new or recently changed admissions.
These data are all present when exporting the results to an excel file ('Export' button above the results table).
Profile page of an authorisation
An important change in the profile page of an authorisation is the availability of the history of this authorisation. All modifications of an authorisation after 1/12/2020 remain available via consultation of this history.
For authorisations that were valid on 1/01/2019, the history stays available even when the authorisation is withdrawn. The previously authorised uses and the classification of the product are however no longer visible on Phytoweb.
The temporary emergency authorisations (or: 120 days authorisations) are for technical reasons as yet not present in the first version of the new searching function. In a following version this will be the case. As from then you will find them between the other authorisations, marked as temporary authorisations. Until then, you can still consult those authorisation (FR) here.