Since the change of the active substance and product approval system under EU Regulation 1107/2009 it has become more difficult to register products.
Part of this is due to the introduction of hazard criteria. This looks at the inherit risk of the active substance without fully taking into account how it is used. For example filling a car full of flammable fuel has a high level of risk and can be dangerous, but we are able to take measures to mitigate the danger making it safe to travel on top of it.
All new products and active substances must go through this registration process under EU Regulation 1107/2009, as well as old products which are coming up for renewal. Built into this regulation are options to amend the method of use of products so that exposure levels are reduced, such as low drift technology. This could mean old products may be subject to new use criteria, such as new buffer zone restrictions or the use of closed transfer systems, like easyFlow M.
These new measures help demonstrate and ensure a safer environment for Plant Protection Products use in the future.
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