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Pesticides and biocides are chemical or biological products intended to prevent or deter animals, plants or micro-organisms from causing damage to human health or property. Due to these properties, pesticides and biocides may cause harm to health and the environment. That is why pesticides and biocides need to be authorised and must be used properly.

A pesticide can be either a plant protection product or a biocidal product, depending on the area of use of the productThe Pesticides Register contains information on both biocidal products and plant protection products authorised in Sweden. The information includes for example if the authorisation of the product is valid or has expired, how they are allowed to be used and which active substances they contain.

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If you want to sell or use a plant protection product or a biocidal product in Sweden the product need to be authorised by the Swedish Chemicals Agency. A product can only be authorised if it has no unacceptable effects on human health or the environment. In Sweden an authorised product is placed in an authorisation class which shows who is permitted to use the product and which knowledge that is required.

Here you can read more about authorisation classes.

Plant protection products

Plant protection products are mainly used to protect plants and plant products in agriculture, forestry and horticulture from attack by fungi, pests and competing plants.

Here you can read more about plant protection products. 

Go to the application guide for authorisation of plant protection products.

Biocidal products 

Biocidal products are all pesticides that are not plant protection products. Examples of biocidal products are wood preservatives, repellents, rodenticides, and antifouling paint for boats.

Here you can read more about biocidal products.

Go to our application guide for authorisation of biocidal products.

Biological pesticides 

Both plant protection products and biocidal products can be biological pesticides. Biological control often includes combating the pest by using the organisms' natural enemies. Natural enemies can be micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, or macro-organisms such as nematodes, insects or arachnids.

If you want to sell or use a biological pesticide containing micro-organisms in Sweden, it has to be authorised by the Swedish Chemicals Agency.

The nematodes, insects and arachnids for use as pesticides are authorised by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. If you want to sell or use such organisms you can find more information about that on their website.

Read more about biological pesticides at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (in Swedish).

Here you can read more about biological pesticides.