When a product authorisation for a plant protection product has expired, the product may no longer be sold, stored or used. The Swedish Chemicals Agency decides if there shall be a phasing-out period, i.e. a grace period.
If a product authorisation for a plant protection product expires, a member state of the EU can decide on a phasing-out period. The phasing-out period can be a maximum of six months for sales and distribution and then another twelve months for storing, using and disposing of existing stocks. The Swedish Chemicals Agency decides on phasing-out periods in Sweden.
The phasing-out periods that apply for individual plant protection products are published in Appendix 3 of the Swedish Chemical Agency’s Pesticides Regulations (KIFS 2008:3).