Authorisation of a plant protection product

There are various ways to obtain an authorisation for a new plant protection product. You will find a brief explanation for the possible procedures below.

In this section, the authorisation procedure for plant protection products is covered. These products contain active substances which are approved at the European level. Read more about the approval procedure of an active substance.

The zonal procedure

If a plant protection product is not authorised in any EU Member State, it must undergo the zonal procedure. The zonal procedure has been in force since 14 June 2011. This procedure was set out in Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2009. It is a harmonised assessment through the cooperation of the EU Member States involved. More information ›

Mutual recognition

According to the mutual recognition procedure, the holder of an authorisation for a plant protection product in one Member State can apply for authorisation for the same product and the same uses in another Member State. There are restrictions regarding the agricultural and climatological conditions, as well as a number of other conditions. More information ›

Products for non-professional use

A specific case of plant protection products are products which are authorised for non-professional (or amateur) use. In order to protect this group of users, additional conditions and measures are laid down for the authorisation of these products. More information ›

Parallel trade

A plant protection product which is authorised in another EU Member State can be placed on the market in Belgium, with a permit. An important condition is that an identical product is already authorised in Belgium. More information regarding parallel trade ›

Emergency situations or 120 days authorisations

This type of authorisation is only granted temporarily and in emergency situations. More information ›