Plant protection products can be either chemical or biological pesticides. There are also mechanical or so called thermal plant protection methods. Plant protection products are mainly used to protect plants and plant products in agriculture, forestry and horticulture from attacks by fungii, pests and competing plants.
Plant protection products are regulated by the European Parliament and Council Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009. EC regulations are binding in their entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.
Before a plant protection product can be placed on the Swedish market and used, it has to be approved by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. See our Application guide for authorisation of a plant protection product.
Active substances in plant protection products are jointly assessed within the EU.
The Northern zone member states Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania and Sweden have agreed to cooperate on evaluating the applications for renewed authorisation of plant protection products. Norway is also participating in the work.